French oil & gas construction specialist Technip has been awarded an engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning contract for a major offshore platform in Qatar.
Its work will involve construction of a utility platform and a living quarter platform, with a bridge connecting the pair.
It did not divulge the value of the contract, which it is carrying out for Qatar Petroleum, but said it was "strategically important". The company classes "important" offshore contracts as those ranging in value from €100-€250m ($136-$342m).
The firm said that the top of both platforms will be installed using its floatover technology, which reduces the need for large crane vessels. The work will be carried out by Technip's offices in Abu Dhabi, with support from its Paris and Doha offices.
Vaseem Khan, senior vice-president of Technip in the Middle East, said: “This contract reflects the growing interest for the floatover technology, by allowing a safe project execution in a time and cost-effective way while overcoming heavy-lift challenges.
"With this strategic project, we have the opportunity to further consolidate our presence in Qatar and to strengthen our relationship with Qatar Petroleum. It will also help us establish Technip as a leading Company in the region for executing offshore living quarter platform projects.”