Two leading international consortia are poised to compete for a multibillion-dollar contract as Qatargas looks to put in place liquefaction facilities for the second phase of its massive North Field expansion project.

An alliance between Japan’s Chiyoda and France-headquartered Technip Energies is set to compete for the prized package with another consortium comprising Italy’s Saipem, South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Taiwan’s CTCI, multiple people familiar with the tender process told Upstream.

The two consortia are preparing bids for the liquefaction trains element of the second phase of Qatar’s massive liquified natural gas expansion scheme, dubbed North Field South (NFS).