The deal is part of RasGas II’s plan to supply the US market with 15.6 million t/y of LNG, starting in 2008/09. Under an HoA signed last October by RasGas II shareholders, Qatar Petroleumand ExxonMobil Corporation, the US-bound gas will be produced by trains 6 and 7, each with capacity of 7.8 million t/y, to be built at the RasGas complex.

In early July, a joint venture of Japan’s Chiyoda Corporationand Italy’s Snamprogettiwas awarded by RasGas II the engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build train 5, which will have capacity of 4.7 million t/y (MEED 9:7:04).