Wood Group has secured its second contract to perform front-end engineering design (FEED) for the proposed $40bn Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) development in offshore Western Australia, operated by Woodside.

The first contract was secured in July and valued at $6m.

The primary focus of the Browse subsea flowline FEED was to develop the engineering and design of the rigid flowline system in order to assist the joint venture participants to take a final investment decision.

Under the new contract, which will start with immediate effect, Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will progress the configuration design of the flexible risers and umbilicals for the asset’s three offshore gas-condensate fields.

The Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields are located 300km from the Kimberly coast and are collectively known as the Browse resources. They are estimated to contain gross contingent resources of 15.4 trillion cubic feet of dry gas and 453 million barrels of condensate.

"The area is estimated to contain gross contingent resources of 15.4 trillion cubic feet of dry gas and 453 million barrels of condensate."

Wood Group Kenny CEO Bob MacDonald said: "This second contract win further builds on Wood Group’s 30-year relationship with Woodside and our role in providing technical and engineering support for the Browse FLNG Development.

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"The project presents deepwater challenges, which Wood Group Kenny is well-positioned to tackle."

Wood Group Kenny also performed Browse FLNG riser conceptual studies.

Woodside is targeting final investment decision for the project in the second half of 2016.

The Australian Department of Environment announced on 17 August 2015 that the proposed Browse FLNG Development received Commonwealth environmental approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Image: The Browse subsea flowline FEED will focus on developing the design of the rigid flowline system. Photo: courtesy of Shell.