SBM Offshore Secures Browse FLNG Turret FEED Contract from Technip

The Netherlands' SBM Offshore N.V. reported Monday that France's Technip SA has awarded the firm a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for three, large-scale turret mooring systems associated with the proposed Browse Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Development offshore Australia.

The contract will cover three, large-scale turrets with designs similar to and slightly larger in size than the Royal Dutch Shell plc's Prelude FLNG turret that SBM Offshore was awarded in 2011 and whose last module was recently delivered from the construction yard in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Integration with the Prelude facility is currently ongoing at Samsung Heavy Industries' shipyard in South Korea. 

"The Browse project will incorporate the lessons learned by Shell, Technip Samsung Consortium and SBM Offshore in the design and construction of Shell’s Prelude FLNG project in order to maximize efficiencies in replicating the Prelude FLNG solutions for the three Browse FLNG facilities," SBM Offshore said in a press release.

The proposed Browse project, operated by Woodside Energy Ltd. and located 264 miles (425 kilometers) north of Broome in Western Australia, is based on three FLNG facilities to develop the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields in the Browse Basin. The project is subject to final investment decision targeted for the end of the FEED in the second half of 2016.

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