McDermott International has secured a contract to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyim gas project on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal in partnership with Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE).

FEED studies are a precursor to an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract, which is valued between $500m and $750m.

Under the contract, Mcdermott and BHGE are required to define the technology and equipment scope for an initial four-well development phase for the project.

McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) scope for the project.

BHGE’s role in the contract is to handle the subsea production system (SPS) scope. It is expected that the FEED programme will be completed this year.

McDermott International Americas, Europe, and Africa vice-president Scott Munro said: “Building on our relationship with BP on Angelin, McDermott’s focus on modernised project management and a collaborative approach will create a fully inclusive, open and transparent working environment for BP and major partners to ensure success.

“Our integrated approach with BHGE will bring the best total solution to BP that we believe will provide schedule and budget certainty.”

“Our integrated approach with BHGE will bring the best total solution to BP that we believe will provide schedule and budget certainty.”

McDermott is planning to deliver advanced technology through project execution and develop a digital twin of the complete system by employing the project lifecycle management (PLM) module from its new digital platform Gemini XD.

Meanwhile, BHGE will offer its RealTrack digital collaboration tool to help improve project execution efficiency by providing live, real-time reporting of schedule progress, document status, and issues management.

Last month, the governments of Mauritania and Senegal signed an agreement in connection with the distribution of resources of the gasfield, allowing the project to move towards a final investment decision.

The countries agreed to share resources and revenues on 50:50 basis.

The field has estimated resources of 15 trillion cubic feet of gas and BP operates it with a 60% interest.