Qatargas is poised to award an onshore engineering, procurement and construction contract involving the first phase of its giant North Field Expansion (NFE) scheme.

At least two people with direct knowledge of the tender process told Upstream that the third key onshore EPC package (Package 3) involving utilities work is likely to be awarded within weeks.

“We are hearing that the client is currently involved in a negotiation process for the onshore utilities package and is expected to place an award by August,” one person said.