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ConocoPhillips awards EPCI contract for Barossa facility

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The company has awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the Barossa floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) project in Australia. Under the contract, MODEC will deliver a new build facility, which is to be permanently located in the offshore development area, 300 km north of Darwin, Australia.

The facility will have the capability to process dry, lean gas for export via pipeline to Darwin, Australia, and to store condensate for periodic offloading to tankers. The FPSO will be approximately 354 m in length and 64 m in width. Topsides weight will be approximately 34 400 t with accommodation for up to 140 personnel.

Subject to commercial arrangements being agreed, the Barossa project will provide a new source of gas to Darwin LNG when the current offshore gas supply from Bayu-Undan is exhausted. Barossa’s offshore development concept includes the FPSO facility, subsea wells and subsea production system and a 260 km gas export pipeline to a tie-in location on the existing Bayu-Darwin Pipeline, all located in Commonwealth waters.

“This is the largest and most significant contract to be awarded for the Barossa Project and a significant milestone in moving closer to a Final Investment Decision (FID) in early 2020,” said Chris Wilson, ConocoPhillips Australia-West President. “It is a testament to the hard work by our project team and major contractors following the successful completion of the front-end engineering and design effort. “FIDS are progressing according to plan while we continue working collaboratively with Santos to finalise transitional arrangements, and close the sale of our Australia-West assets.”

The awarding of the FPSO contract follows the recent awards of the gas export pipeline EPCI contract in September and subsea production system EPC in May. Barossa will meet future global demand for natural gas and contribute significant income, employment and other benefits to the Northern Territory and rest of Australia for a further 20 years.

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