ConocoPhillips Progresses Barossa Offshore Project

EPC Contract Awarded to Technip Oceania

Oil and gas firm ConocoPhillips Australia has announced new development at its Barossa project in Western Australia, paving the way for a ramp up in breakbulk activity at the offshore site.

The firm signed an engineering, procurement and construction agreement with specialist contractor Technip Oceania that will cover supply and installation of the Subsea Production System (SPS) and associated support.

“This award represents a significant milestone in the Barossa Project. The SPS facilities include critical, long lead time equipment which is required to be ordered prior to a final investment decision in order to meet the project schedule,” said Chris Wilson, president of ConocoPhillips Australia West.

Extending Darwin LNG

The offshore gas and light condensate project is in the front-end engineering design, or FEED, phase and the EPC award will now allow the field to supply gas to the existing Darwin LNG facility when the current supplies from nearby Bayu-Undan are exhausted.

“We continue to focus on strong cost discipline with all our selected contractors, developing the certainty of cost, schedule and execution planning required to compete in our global portfolio and support a final investment decision,” Wilson commented.

The new development was hailed as a “significant step” in positioning Barossa to extend the life of the Darwin LNG facility for another two decades.

Caldita Field Potential

ConocoPhillips holds a 37.5 percent stake in the Barossa joint venture, with a further 37.5 percent owned by SK E&S Australia and 25 percent by Santos Offshore. Future development work from the partners may also include production at the smaller Caldita Field to the south in retention lease NT/RL6.

“Gas would be exported to Darwin LNG via a new export pipeline tied into the existing Bayu-Darwin Pipeline, subject to agreement with the infrastructure owners,” a spokesperson for ConocoPhillips said.

Technip Oceania is a subsidiary of TechnipFMC, one of the largest oilfield services companies in the world. ConocoPhillips meanwhile is the world’s largest independent E&P company with operations and activities in 17 countries and approximately 10,800 employees.
Photo: Darwin LNG platform. Credit: TechnipFMC