LOC Group completes MWS scope for Qatargas North Field Bravo expansion project

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LOC Group, the premier international marine and engineering consulting firm, was pleased to be awarded the Marine Warranty Surveyor (“MWS”) contract for the Qatargas North Field Expansion Project. The scope of work included the review of the engineering and procedures for the design, fabrication, load-out, sea transportation, installation and hook-up of the additional living quarter and its associated jacket and piles next to the existing living quarter (see below figure). LOC did provide also independent engineering review and assistance for the Site-Specific Assessment and installation of a temporary accommodation jack-up, as well as vessel assurance service.

Qatargas is the world’s largest liquefied natural gas company and has awarded to Rosetti Marino Group – LOC’s client – the EPICC Contract for the design, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of this new living quarter platform. The structures were built locally at the N-Kom yard in Ras Laffan, under Rosetti Marino instruction and supervision.

The project saw the DCV “AEGIR” vessel, owned by Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC), picking up the 1,000-metric-ton structure from the quayside, and sailing, together the installation piling, to the offshore site and then position the jacket. The Aegir returned to the N-KOM yard to pick up 3,000-metric ton topsides and the next day, the vessel installed the topsides. The project was finalized in late February, with both the jacket and topside safely installed.

Dr. Aureliano Schirripa, Principal Consultant at LOC Group, commented:

“We were very pleased to be awarded the MWS and Vessel Assurance scope for the North Field Bravo Expansion Project, in Qatar. The project was very challenging because the operations was carried out without interrupting the Qatar gas productions, and involved intense risk assessment workshops by all parties involved. This project marks an exciting continuation to LOC’s collaboration with Rosetti Marino Group and was the first time a major offshore structure was constructed entirely in Qatar. We have made significant progress in Qatar in recent years’ and we look forward to building on this momentum in due course.”

About LOC Group (LOC)

LOC Group is the premier international marine and engineering consulting firm that was founded in London in 1979. Headquartered in London, the company operates 35 offices located in Europe, Africa, Americas, Middle East, Asia and Australia. The Group (comprising LOC, Longitude, Innosea and John LeBourhis) employs over 400 people.

LOC’s core business addresses shipping, oil & gas and renewables sectors amongst others. True to its entrepreneurial founders, LOC combines the expertise of engineers and master mariners to solve some of the world’s most complex design and operational problems offshore. Our services to such industries can be categorised as loss prevention (marine warranty, surveys, inspections and audits, technical due diligence), loss management (marine casualties, claims, disputes and litigation) and advanced consulting and engineering (from concept to construction to operations). Our clients comprise P&I clubs, H&M insurers, underwriters, brokers, oil and gas companies, energy utilities, field operators, developers, EPC contractors, installation contractors, drilling contractors, lawyers, shipowners, governments, and turbine and cable OEMs.

Sue Terpilowski
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