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OneSubsea awarded FEED contract for Woodside’s Browse FLNG project

July 8, 2015 • Mining & Resources

Woodside Energy has announced that it has awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the proposed Browse FLNG Development to OneSubsea.

Image courtesy of Shell

Image courtesy of Shell

The announcement comes a week after Woodside said it had reached an agreement to enter the FEED phase for the proposed development.

Under the terms of the agreement, OneSubsea experts will collaborate with Woodside to define and determine the optimal subsea production system design and equipment requirements for the Browse FLNG Development offshore northwest Australia.

“Our local content commitment is focused on working with Australian-based suppliers with world-class capabilities to partner with us on our operations and developments,” said Woodside CEO Peter Coleman.

“Engaging early with clients in the project life cycle is key to determining the optimal, cost-effective solution that aims to maximise project returns in the current economic environment. This has been our approach with Browse and we are excited to have been selected for this award,” added Jack Moore, Chairman and CEO of Cameron, a parent company of OneSubsea.

“Through further collaboration with Woodside on this important FEED, we will be able to apply the wide breadth of expertise OneSubsea has to provide the optimal range of field development options that align with the project’s goals.”

The Commonwealth-Western Australia (WA) Offshore Petroleum Joint Authority granted the renewal of five Commonwealth retention leases earmarked for the proposed Browse FLNG project.

The decision on the Commonwealth leases was made jointly by the Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, and Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Marmion.

“This recognises the proposed project’s significant development potential and supports the Joint Venture’s investment decisions including its recent announcement to enter into the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The global gas market is increasingly competitive and governments and industry must continue to work together to ensure Australia remains an investment destination of choice for LNG supply to the burgeoning Asia-Pacific regional economy. The floating LNG technology proposed for this project is cutting edge and opens up new opportunities to develop gas resources that could otherwise be stranded – Shell’s landmark Prelude Floating LNG project will showcase this technology when it arrives in the Browse Basin in 2017.”

Mr Marmion also highlighted the importance of timely development of petroleum resources to WA.

“The importance of the oil and gas sector to WA’s economy cannot be overstated,” Mr Marmion said.

“WA is committed to working closely with the Commonwealth to ensure the timely and efficient development of this resource which will deliver enduring benefits for all Western Australians.”

Woodside is targeting a FID on the proposed development in the second half of 2016.

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