Energy giant Shell has been chosen by QatarEnergy (QE) to take a 6.25% stake in its North Field East (NFE) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, the world’s largest of its kind.

Capable of producing 32m tonnes of LNG per year, the $28bn (£23.3bn) project is set to expand Qatar’s production capacity from 77 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to 110Mtpa by 2025. 

By investing in NFE, Shell follows TotalEnergies, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and Eni SpA, which have all joined the large-scale LNG project in recent months. 

Source: QatarEnergy

Located in Ras Laffan, northeast Qatar, NFE involves the construction of four LNG mega trains with a capacity of around 7.8Mtpa each. 

Consisting of a total of 80 development wells and eight unmanned wellhead platforms, the project is expected to produce the first gas by the end of 2025.

The second phase of the North Field expansion, known as the North Field South project, aims to increase LNG production capacity of Qatar from 110Mtpa to 126Mtpa by 2027.