Front-end engineering and design (FEED) work is under way on the current Qatargas II project for the two new trains at Ras Laffan and the proposed receiving terminal in the UK. A FEED contractor is also due to be appointed for the upstream works in the North field.

Under the current schedule, Qatargas II is aiming to award the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the first train in mid-2004, which will be in production by early 2008. It will be followed about a year later with commissioning of the second train. Besides looking at the largest trains ever built, Qatargas II is proposing to be the first company to have LNG carriers of over 200,000 cubic metres.