Consulting and engineering company Wood has secured a $46m (£36.06m) engineering contract with France’s TotalEnergies for a gas project in Iraq.

The initiative is part of the first phase of the Associated Gas Upstream Project, which falls under the broader GGIP in Southern Iraq.

Under the three-year contract, Wood will be responsible for range of services including front-end engineering design, detailed design, procurement support, and construction and commissioning assistance.

The GGIP aims to harness gas that is currently being flared in the Basra region. The project’s objectives include supplying power generation plants, constructing a seawater treatment unit and developing a 1GW solar power plant.

These efforts are expected to contribute to the region’s energy sustainability and economic development.

Wood’s teams in Basra and Dubai will execute the contract, which is expected to create 100 jobs.

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Wood Middle East and Africa operations senior vice-president Shaun Dewar said: “We are proud to support TotalEnergies on this project, which aligns with our shared commitment to pursue a secure and sustainable energy supply.

“We have a long-standing history of delivering engineering and consulting services in the region and this contract reaffirms our reputation for excellence.

“This project will improve environmental sustainability through emissions reduction efforts. As part of this agreement, Wood will also continue to invest in local employment and skills development in the Basra region.”

In April 2023, QatarEnergy signed a deal to take a 25% stake in the GGIP project.

TotalEnergies holds a 45% share in the project while Iraq’s state-backed Basra Oil Company owns a 30% interest.

Under the 25-year GGIP deal, TotalEnergies will build four oil, gas and renewable energy projects in southern Iraq with an initial investment of $10bn (€9.3bn).