McDermott International has secured a contract from Woodside Energy for the Scarborough gas field development located about 380km off the Burrup Peninsula in the Northwestern Shelf of Australia.

Under the terms of the contract, McDermott will undertake front-end engineering and design activities for a floating production unit (FPU) for the Scarborough gas field.

Works pertaining to the study and early engineering will be led by McDermott’s centre of excellence in the Netherlands.

The option is included to progress to an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract if Woodside and its joint venture partners approve full development of the Scarborough project.

“We will use our best-in-class engineering know-how and project execution expertise to ensure successful delivery of the project.”

McDermott International Asia Pacific senior vice-president Ian Prescott said: “Woodside is a key customer of our company, and it is outstanding to see such an important project leveraging off McDermott’s global capabilities.

“In partnering with Woodside on the front-end engineering and design study, we will use our best-in-class engineering know-how and project execution expertise to ensure successful delivery of the project.”

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The FPU at the Scarborough field will be remotely operated, minimally manned and processes natural gas.

This includes gas separation, dehydration and compression, as well as Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) regeneration and water handling.

The units’ topside, which will be placed on a semi-submersible hull in 900m water depth, will have an annual production capacity of seven to nine metric tonnes.

The Scarborough gas field contains 7.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and covers 12 daisy-chained subsea wells to be tied back to a semisubmersible FPU at the field.