ConocoPhillips Australia has awarded the first engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Barossa offshore project to Technip Oceania (TFMC).
Situated around 300km north of the Australian city of Darwin, the Barossa offshore project is currently in the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase. ConocoPhillips Australia Barossa operates the project with 37.5% interest, while SK E&S Australia (37.5%) and Santos Offshore (25.0%) are other joint venturers.
The scope of the contract includes the delivery of the subsea production system (SPS) and related ancillary SPS installation support.
The development concept of the offshore project includes a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, SPS and gas export pipeline. The recovered gases will be delivered to the existing Darwin LNG facility, subject to signing of commercial agreements.
ConocoPhillips Australia West president Chris Wilson said: “This award represents a significant milestone in the Barossa project.
“The SPS facilities include critical, long lead time equipment which is required to be ordered prior to a final investment decision in order to meet the project schedule.
“We continue to focus on strong cost discipline with all our selected contractors, developing the certainty of cost, schedule and execution planning required to compete in our global portfolio and support a final investment decision.”
In June 2018, ConocoPhillips Australia awarded contracts for the FPSO, subsea infrastructure and gas export pipeline.
Once operational, Barossa is expected to meet the future demand for natural gas of the Northern Territory, as well as Australia.