Qatar Petroleum (QP) is to issue a tender this month for six drilling rigs for its major LNG expansion. The announcement was made by QP CEO Saad al-Kaabi on 9 October during the Oil & Money conference in London. QP plans to increase LNG production capacity from 77mn t/y to 110mn t/y by 2024 (MEES, 28 September).

Mr Kaabi says the six rigs will drill 70-100 wells. Awarding contracts for the six rigs will be the first major step towards the expansion following May’s award of a...