Qatar Petroleum announced a new design contract Saturday with US engineers McDermott as it prepared to push ahead with plans to expand gas production by 30% at the giant North field in the Persian Gulf.

This was part of a larger project which included six wellhead platforms, jackets and pipelines to produce 4.6 Bcf/d of gas from the North Field expansion. This would add approximately 1 million b/d of oil equivalent to Qatar's production, Kaabi said.

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