WOOD and KBR,Inc. have secured  a multimillion dollar contract to deliver integrated front-end engineering  design (FEED) for Shell Australia’s Crux project to build a not normally manned  (NNM) platform and gas export pipeline located approximately 600km north of  Broome, offshore Western Australia (WA).

The Crux facilities will be an important  source of backfill gas supply to the Shell-operated Prelude floating liquefied  natural gas (FLNG) facility. The remotely operated, minimum facilities NNM platform  concept for Crux will dry the gas and export the gas/condensate to Prelude via  a new 160km multiphase gas pipeline.

The services will be delivered over  18-months by Wood and KBR’s engineering and project management teams in Perth, WA,  supported by Wood’s Kuala Lumpur resource base. The teams will provide a single  integrated FEED for the Crux topsides, jacket, export pipeline and subsea pipeline end manifold (PLEM).

Wood and KBR bring together over 80 years of  history working in the Australian energy industry combining their collective  strengths in subsea engineering and offshore gas processing facilities.

“This contract win to deliver the next generation of offshore  facilities for Shell Australia demonstrates our unrivalled subsea pipeline  expertise and offshore engineering capabilities,” Robin Watson, Wood’s chief executive said.

“Wood has extensive experience in  delivering technically complex subsea engineering projects in Western Australia.  We are committed to expanding our portfolio in the region, developing local  content by investing in industry talent, resources and supply chain.

“Working alongside each other for more than  20 years, Wood and KBR provide a powerful combination, leveraging the  experience of two tier one contractors.”

Wood also provides specialist consultancy  services for flexible riser integrity management to the Shell-operated Prelude  FLNG facility.

“KBR is committed to adding value to our customers.  That’s why we are delighted to partner with  Wood to bring together two industry leaders to deliver one world-class  complimentary team whilst continuing our long relationship with Shell and  Perth, Australia,”  Stuart Bradie, KBR president and CEO, said.

“This win builds on KBR’s long offshore  experience in Australia and reinforces our extensive global leadership position  in unmanned offshore facilities.”