Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) has awarded the upstream construction contract for the deepwater Fortuna FLNG Project in West Africa to Subsea Integration Alliance.

Subsea Integration Alliance is a partnership between Subsea 7 and OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company.

The contract involves engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) for the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines and associated subsea production systems.

Upon completion of the contract, the project is expected to deliver 440 million standard cubic feet per day of gas through infrastructure comprising four wells, with three in the Fortuna field and one in the underlying Viscata field.

The four wells are located at an average depth of water depth of 1,790m.

“Fortuna is expected to FID before the end of 2017.”

Ophir is expected to take final investment decision on the Fortuna FLNG Project by the end of this year, while the first gas is scheduled for 2020.

Ophir chief executive Nick Cooper said: “With the full suite of upstream and midstream construction contracts now awarded this completes another milestone to FID.

“The government is a key stakeholder in the Fortuna project and I am pleased that the local content requirements in these contracts will help to further develop the state of Equatorial Guinea.

“Fortuna, West Africa’s first deepwater FLNG Project, is expected to FID before the end of 2017.”

Founded in 2004, Ophir Energy focuses on oil and gas assets in Africa and Asia.