The tender process for huge offshore compression facilities required at Qatargas-operated North Field is swiftly progressing to its next crucial phase, with commercial bids likely to be submitted within days.

Two people familiar with the development told Upstream that despite being delayed on a few occasions, commercial offers for the second package (Package 2) of the North Field Production Sustainability (NFPS) compression project are now likely to be submitted on 1 August.

“The new bid submission deadline [1 August] appears to be realistic and we are hopeful that Qatargas would finalise its preferred contractor by the fourth quarter of this year,” one person said.