State-energy producer Qatar Petroleum (QP) has invited interest in a deal for the construction of a new natural gas liquids support campus at Mesaieed in the south east of the country.

QP issued tenders on 13 August, setting a 26 September deadline for bids. Bids bonds were set at QR6m.

The winner of the engineering, procurement, installation and construction (EPIC) deal will carry out infrastructure services over a 320 square metre plot area. This will include earthworks, road networks, sewerage, building control systems and related utilities.

Construction work at the site includes: a clinic, fire station, administration building, fire engine shelter, two telecommunications buildings and four substation buildings.

Qatar currently produces 9 million tonnes a year (t/y) of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and aims to lift this number to 12 million t/y by the end of 2012, making it the largest exporter in the Middle East. Following the traditional market for Middle East feedstocks, most of Qatar’s LPG will be exported to Asia where demand is driven mainly by the retail sector, for use in heating and cooking and as a fuel for automobiles.