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Australia: Western Gas selects McDermott and BHGE as development partner for Equus Gas Project in Australia


12 Dec 2018

  • McDermott and BHGE will be exclusive partners to Western Gas for the Equus Gas Project in Australia
  • Collaboration will provide an integrated solution to develop the entire field covering drilling, subsea, production facilities, export pipeline, an LNG facility and a domestic gas connection
  • Full field development services from an early stage will enhance project economics and provide delivery certainty for Western Gas
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McDermott International has announced they, with Baker Hughes, a GE company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Western Gas Corporation to be the exclusive development partners for the Equus Gas Project in Western Australia. The companies were also awarded a contract to support the planning phases of the project.

As part of this initial contract, McDermott and BHGE will work with Western Gas to advance the pre-front end engineering design (pre-FEED) and front-end engineering design (FEED) to final investment decision (FID). McDermott and BHGE's joint venture, io Oil & Gas Consulting, will provide the pre-FEED support to deliver a technically robust and cost-efficient development plan. McDermott's portion of the contract is classified as sizable*.

Pre-FEED work will commence immediately and is estimated to be complete by Q2 2019. McDermott and BHGE will continue with FEED work thereafter.

Upon FID, McDermott and BHGE are expected to undertake the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of the entire field development scope under a separate contract. The scope will cover reservoir evaluation, drilling and completions, subsea, production facilities, an export pipeline, an LNG facility and a domestic gas connection facility.

'This project underscores the value of McDermott's vertically-integrated capabilities and our collaboration with BHGE, who will leverage their broad portfolio to support the project,' said Ian Prescott, McDermott's Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific. 'In close collaboration with BHGE, we are taking a holistic approach to field development from drilling, subsea, production facilities and an export pipeline to an LNG facility and onshore gas connection. By more closely connecting each stage of the project, we aim to drive significant efficiencies and cost savings for Western Gas through the full life of the field.'

'It was important to us to engage with partners that could offer a full field development and execution solution that would help deliver an efficient development plan, enhance project economics and reduce time to first gas,' said Andrew Leibovitch, executive director for Western Gas. 'BHGE and McDermott bring a wealth of global expertise, products and services to help drive efficiencies across the life of the field.'

The contract award will be reflected in McDermott's fourth quarter 2018 backlog.

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Western Gas selects McDermott and BHGE as development partner for Equus Gas Project

Map Source: Western Gas

Project Details

The Equus gas fields are located about 124 miles (200 kms) north-west of the Western Australian town of Onslow. The fields' water depth ranges from 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) to 3,937 feet (1,200 meters) with an anticipated downstream nearshore LNG facility and pipeline connection to the Western Australian gas market.

The Equus Gas Project is a development-ready asset with an extensive history of exploration and appraisal activities and development studies.

McDermott and BHGE have participated in the exploration appraisal drilling program and FEED studies with the previous owner Hess before Western Gas acquired the asset in November 2017. This includes BHGE's Gaffney, Cline & Associates having independently certified the contingent resource.

io Oil & Gas Consulting has also performed a number of technical studies for Western Gas to assess development options. The MOU and the expected scope of work for the EPCIC were built on these past studies.

* - McDermott defines a sizable contract as between USD $1 million and USD $50 million.

Click here for Western Gas announcement: Western Gas names McDermott and BHGE as exclusive development partner and EPCI contractor for Equus Gas Project

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Source: McDermott International





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