TWO front end engineering and design (FEED) contracts have been awarded to OneSubsea and the Technip Samsung Consortium for work on the Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project.

The OneSubsea contract will see up to 20 locally employed people working on the project’s subsea scope over the next 12 to 18 months as Woodside prepares for a final investment decision (FID).

The company will work out of its offices in Perth and its life-of-field facility in Kewdale in completing the project, which it won after a competitive tender process to suppliers based in Australia and overseas.

The contract award is the first under OneSubsea’s frame agreement with Woodside signed in January 2014.

Under the terms of the five-year frame agreement, OneSubsea is qualified to supply subsea equipment and services, including subsea engineering services and life of field services, for selected Woodside developments offshore Australia.

OneSubsea is a joint venture between flow equipment products company Cameron and technology firm Schlumberger, formed in 2013 to target the subsea sector.

Cameron chief executive Jack Moore said OneSubsea had aimed to approach Woodside early in the development process of Browse.

“Engaging early with clients in the project life cycle is key to determining the optimal, cost effective solution that aims to maximise project returns in the current economic environment,” he said.

“Through further collaboration with Woodside on this important FEED, we will be able to apply the wide breadth of expertise OneSubsea has to provide the optimal range of field development options that align with the project’s goals” he said.

The Technip Samsung Consortium FEED contract, awarded by Shell but then moved to the control of Woodside, covers elements of the proposed Browse FLNG project, taking into account the composition of the gas, local weather conditions and factors specific to each of the three fields.

The second contract covers the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the three proposed FLNG units of the Browse project, targeting the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields.

This contract is subject to the final investment decision from the client at the end of the FEED, currently targeted for the second half of 2016.

The consortium said its experience in working with Shell on the design and construction of the Shell Prelude FLNG facility would help it in completing this project.

Technip president Onshore/Offshore Nello Uccelletti said he was glad to continue to strengthen the company’s relationship with both Shell and Woodside.

“While FLNG represents a breakthrough in the industry, Technip’s teams worldwide have played a key role in this technology since its inception by bringing together our unique combination of expertise – not only in floating units, but also in subsea developments and liquefaction facilities,” he said.

The three fields the Browse project aims to commercialise are estimated to contain gross contingent resources of 15.4 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of dry gas and 453 million barrels of condensate.

Operated by Woodside, other participants in the joint venture are Shell, BP Developments Australia, Japan Australia LNG and PetroChina.