Shell has awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract to Wood Group for the proposed $40bn Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) development in offshore Western Australia.

Under the one-year contract, Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will carry out flow assurance and process integration studies for the Woodside-operated development’s Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa offshore gas-condensate fields.

The Browse joint venture JV selected FLNG as the preferred development concept for the Browse resources and signed an agreement with Shell to use the company’s technology for the development.

The Browse development is located 425km north of Broome.

WGK will deliver the contract from its Perth office.

Earlier in December 2015 WGK secured a FEED contract to progress the configuration design of the flexible risers and umbilicals.

Before that, the company secured a $6m contract in July 2015 to perform all design engineering for the development’s insulated production flowline system.

WGK CEO Bob MacDonald said: "To be awarded a third FEED contract on the proposed Browse FLNG Development is testament to our excellent understanding of the asset and the strong value and performance we have delivered to date.

"It also reflects Shell’s confidence in our ability to collaborate with them towards the successful delivery of the next phase of this exciting project."

Wood Group PSN secured a contract in August 2015 to provide integrated engineering, construction, maintenance and industrial services to Shell’s Gabon; Rabi, Gamba, Toucan and Koula onshore oil fields.

Final investment decision for the project is targeted during the second half of 2016.

Image: The Browse FLNG development is located 425km north of Broome, Western Australia. Photo: courtesy of Shell.