WGK wins FLNG subsea project

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has been awarded a multi-million dollar engineering contract for a major new project in Australia. GDF SUEZ Bonaparte, a subsidiary of French energy giant GDF SUEZ S.A. and the operator of Bonaparte LNG project, has awarded a contract for a (pre-FEED) subsea concept definition study for the Bonaparte LNG project to WGK. This is GDF SUEZ’s first LNG project in Australia, which will give the company a further foothold in the gas markets of the Asia Pacific region.

The Bonaparte LNG project comprises the Petrel, Frigate and Tern fields located in the Timor Sea. These were previously stranded gas fields, but recent technology advances and innovation mean these fields are now more economically viable to develop. The key to unlocking this gas is floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG). This technology represents a new emerging market for the oil and gas industry, with the Asia Pacific region in the driving seat for the production. Currently, there are no operational FLNG facilities in the world. However, in recent years, a number of FLNG projects have been proposed and are now under development in Australia.

The Bonaparte LNG project represents a strategically important contract award for WGK as they are a new client developing their first FLNG project in Australian waters. WGK’s Australian team located in Perth, Western Australia will execute the subsea concept definition study.

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