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Technip Group . . . Qatar Liquefied Gas Co. . . . Al-Manhal International Group . . . Australia LNG

Qatar Liquefied Gas Co. (QatarGas) awarded Technip Group, Paris, a $50 million contract to revamp and expand two sulfur-recovery units at its Ras Laffan LNG plant. The project includes adding two new third-stage Claus units and revamping the degassing system in the existing sulfur-recovery units. Two new acid-gas enrichment units also will be installed, as will two tail-gas incinerators. The turnkey contract includes basic and detail engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning. Work is scheduled for completion in mid-2002.

Al Manhal International Group (AMIG) of the United Arab Emirates is evaluating setting up a $7.4 billion LNG-based industrial complex at Gopalpur, India, according to Indian news agencies. The complex would include a 2,000-2,500 Mw power plant; a 1.2 million tonne/year fertilizer plant; a 2.5 million tonne/year olefins and derivatives complex; and a gas pipeline network to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh. Recently, Australia LNG and AMIG signed a contract under which ALNG will supply 5 million tonnes/year of LNG to the Gopalpur terminal for 20 years.

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