Technip Energies, in a consortium with Clough, has received a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the upstream production facilities of the TotalEnergies-operated Papua liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Papua New Guinea.

The upstream production facilities will include the development of the Elk and Antelope onshore fields, located in block PRL-15, including the central processing facility and the well pads.

The facilities will also feature a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) scheme, which aims to remove the native CO₂ from the fields and reinject it into the reservoirs.

Under the contract, Clough and Technip Energies will identify and address the specific challenges related to the project, as well as lay foundations for its execution.

Technip Energies Gas and Low Carbon Energies senior vice-president Loic Chapuis said: “We are very proud to be entrusted by TotalEnergies for this strategic development which will feed the future Papua LNG trains.

“Leveraging our expertise designing gas units, integrating technologies, and managing CO₂, as well as our experience delivering large-scale projects, we are committed to making this project a reference in the industry.”

The Papua LNG project is planned to have two LNG trains, with a combined capacity of 5.6 million tonnes per year of LNG.

The trains will receive gas from the Elk and Antelope discoveries via a 320km long onshore/offshore pipeline to a site in Caution Bay where the Papua LNG project is planned to be developed.

The Papua LNG project is being developed under a JV between Total E&P PNG (TEP PNG), ExxonMobil, and Oil Search, who each hold stakes of 40.13%, 37.03%, and 22.84%, respectively.

Clough APAC executive vice-president John Galvin said: “I am pleased for Clough to be part of another important and exciting project supporting our communities in Papua New Guinea.

“Our strong history of working in Papua New Guinea, combined with our diverse engineering capabilities, stand us in good stead for the delivery of the continuing scope of work which we will endeavour to be awarded.”

The partners plan to announce a final investment decision (FID) for the Papua LNG project development by the end of 2023. The project is anticipated start operations by the end of 2027.