McDermott International has been awarded a key front–end engineering and design contract from Qatar’s North Oil Company (NOC) for the next development phase of the Al Shaheen offshore oilfield.

The US company confirmed the development on Thursday and said the award relates to the Ruya development, previously referred to as Al Shaheen Phase 3-Batch 1, located offshore Qatar.

“This award is one the largest FEED projects undertaken in McDermott’s history and follows the successful completion of the pre-FEED contract,” McDermott said.