Aibel has secured a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract from Australia-based Woodside in connection with the subsea tie-back to the Ngujima-Yin offshore floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

The Greater Enfield Development consists of the subsea tie-back of the vessel, which will undergo modifications to the topsides, hull and turret.

Under the contract, which also holds an option for the project’s execution phase, Aibel will provide management, engineering and provision of procurement services for FEED.

Aibel Field Development executive vice-president Nils Arne Hatleskog said: "This is an important assignment for Aibel, allowing us to further grow our experience within FPSO deliveries.

"Aibel will provide management, engineering and provision of procurement services for FEED."

"Aibel Singapore has through several individual projects proven to deliver great results. I am confident they will do the same this time."

The Ngujima-Yin FPSO is operating in Commonwealth waters (Production Licence WA-28-L) about 43km north of the North West Cape, northern Western Australia. The licence is held by Woodside with a 60% interest and Mitsui E&P Australia with 40%.

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In 2008, the current environment plan of the facility was approved.

The Ngujima-Yin FPSO was bought by Woodside from Danish maritime company Maersk FPSOs in December 2011.

Aibel has eight locations in Norway and also facilities located in Thailand, Singapore and Denmark.

Image: Aibel’s Singapore office. Photo: courtesy of Aibel.