French supermajor TotalEnergies is the first company to be awarded a stake in QatarEnergy’s North Field East (NFE) liquefied natural gas mega-project.

TotalEnergies on Sunday confirmed it has been awarded a 25% interest in a new joint venture with national player QatarEnergy on 75%.

The joint venture will hold a quarter share in the 32 million tonnes per annum NFE development, equivalent to an 8 million tpa train.

The $28.75 billion NFE project is expected to start production before the end of 2025.