Qatargas nears completion of Qatargas 3 and 4 ventures. ‘Mechanical Acceptance’ and handover of the first offshore production platforms marked significant headway for the projects.
The offshore facility, known as ‘QW8’, was passed on from contractor, J Ray McDermott (JRM). While the transition was celebrated through a signing ceremony held at the Qatargas Headquarters in Ras Laffan.
Clay Fryer, Qatargas 3 & 4 Joint Asset Development Team (JADT) Offshore Project Management Topside Engineering Lead, remarked, “The project is proud of the ‘finished product’ which is the result of an excellent partnership between the offshore team and our prime contractor. The Project takes great pride in delivering these facilities, and we wish Qatargas great success in starting up and operating them for many years to come.”
The Mechanical Acceptance Certificate was signed jointly by Peter Flanagan, who represented Qatargas 3 & 4 (JADT), and JRM representative Richard Withers. Subsequently, Bill Boyington officially transferred care, custody and control of the platform to Qatargas ESU.
These offshore facilities will supply gas to two LNG mega-trains at Ras Laffan; respectively owned by Qatargas 3 and Qatargas 4. The individual trains will offer an annual capacity of 7.8m tonnes of LNG and associated products, train production is scheduled to commence by the final quarter of 2010.