Qatar has officially kicked off the start of its massive North Field expansion project — which it dubs the largest in the gas industry’s history — that will add 48 million tonnes per annum of LNG to global supply in three years’ time.

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, QatarEnergy president and chief executive and Qatar minister of state for energy affairs, said the expansion will raise Qatar’s LNG production from 77 mtpa to 126 mtpa by 2026.