KBR has been selected by Norway-based Hoegh LNG to provide Front End Engineering and Design for projects offshore Israel and Australia and both could entail using FPSOs as floating LNG factories.
One study is for Noble Energy's giant Tamar gas field discovery offshore Israel and a second contract is for providing a four-month pre-FEED study in order to provide a total cost estimate for the use of a second floating LNG solution on an un-named development offshore Australia.
“KBR will perform a cost estimate study, taking Höegh’s existing generic LNG FPSO FEED study and adapting the capex cost for the operator’s field-specific basis of design,” the contractor has declared. “Should the project economics prove viable, FEED could start as early as 4Q 2012.”
Engineers based at KBR's London operating centre will be taking the lead on both projects, and will call in expertise from other centre in Houston and Perth.
Back in 2009 Noble Energy was saying then that it had discovered at least 5 trillion cubic feet of gas offshore Israel within the Tamar field complex. And in November last year Noble said it had invited Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine to provide a FEED study to evaluate a floating LNG development for Tamar.
A number of other contracts for the development have been let since: John Wood Group and Aker have won contracts for development of the huge gas field – Wood Group to design topsides and Aker for supply of umbilicals and subsea controls systems