A front runner has emerged for a $10 billion-plus package from Qatargas to provide the liquefaction facilities for the second phase of the North Field expansion project.

Qatar is spending up to $50 billion on two development phases at the giant gas field — North Field East (NFE) and North Field South (NFS) — that together aim to boost the emirate’s capacity to 126 million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas, up from the current 77 million tpa level.