WORLEYPARSONS will provide engineering and project management services for Ophir Energy’s Equatorial Guinea Block R project, the Fortuna project.

WorleyParsons said Ophir had also awarded a master services agreement to provide engineering support to Ophir’s worldwide assets.

The scope of engineering and project management services provided by WorleyParsons and its specialist deepwater division, INTECSEA, includes overseeing the front end engineering and design scopes and tendering and evaluation of related engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning packages.

WorleyParsons’ chief executive Andrew Wood said the company was excited about the project’s potential, with work having begun in INTECSEA’s UK offices.

“We are pleased to be selected for this innovative project bringing remote gas economically to market and to be providing support to Ophir’s facilities.”

Block R is a gas development located offshore Equatorial Guinea 140 kilometres southwest of Bioko Island and covers an area of 245,000 hectares with water depths ranging from 1,400 metres to 1,900 metres.

Ophir and its partners are planning to develop the gas reserves through phased installation of a 20 well subsea production system supplying dry gas to a locally moored floating liquefied natural gas facility with a capacity of 3 million tons per year.