THE NORTH FIELD IS THE LARGEST NON-ASOCIATED NATURAL GAS FIELD IN THE WORLD, WITH RECOVERABLE RESERVES OF MORE THAN 900 TRILLION STANDARD CUBIC FEET OR APPROXIMATELY 10 PERCENT OF THE WORLD’S KNOWN RESERVES.
In 1971 exploration engineers discovered natural gas off the north-east coast of Qatar. At the time, however, no one knew quite how important the find was. Only after 15 appraisal wells had been drilled over a period of 14 years was it realised that the North Field, as it had been named, was one of the largest non-associated natural gas fields in the world, with recoverable reserves of more than 900 trillion standard cubic feet or approximately 10 percent of the world's known reserves.
This makes Qatar the world's largest holder of gas reserves after Russia and Iran. The North Field will supply gas to fulfil multiple large-scale renewable gas sales contracts for many decades to come.
To exploit this remarkable 6,000 square-kilometre field, Qatar Petroleum, the national company responsible for all oil and gas industry processes in Qatar, has built 14 LNG trains with a total production capacity of 77 million tonnes per annum. RasGas and its sister company, Qatargas, each operates seven of these LNG trains.