At least two leading international consortia have submitted bids to Qatargas for a sizeable contract involving liquefaction facilities for the second phase of its massive North Field expansion project.

The much-delayed submission of technical offers for the North field South (NFS) project means the preferred contractor is likely to be finalised by the first quarter of 2023, multiple people familiar with the development told Upstream.

“There have been a few delays, but Qatar is keen to finalise the award by January or February,” one person noted.