Qatargas has kicked off the chase for a massive engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for compression facilities forming part of the further development of the major North Field Production Sustainability (NFPS) offshore project.

Multiple people familiar with the bid process told Upstream that leading international contractors recently submitted formal expressions of interest for the offshore compression package, EPCI 4, responding to the Qatari company’s call.

The contractual package requires two giant-sized offshore compression platform complexes that could together involve up to 100,000 tonnes of fabrication, one person said.