The project entered front-end engineering and design (FEED) activities last year and the JV is targeting final investment decision early next year.
While the value of the contract has not been disclosed, the scope of work – to be completed by Technip – includes the engineering, design and fabrication of wellheads, manifolds and control systems, as well as installation and commissioning assistance.
Darwin LNG (DLNG), which is also operated by ConocoPhillips, is currently analysing offshore sources of gas which can be used to extend the life of DLNG beyond the life of the Bayu-Undan field it currently uses.
Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said the contract award was a “big vote of confidence” for the project to fill that position.
“We’re making good progress in the FEED phase including the evaluation of bids for the gas export pipeline,” he said.
“We’re also looking at technical proposals for the floating production storage and offloading facility from both MODEC and the Technip/Samsung Heavy Industries consortium.
“An invitation to tender for the development drilling contract has also been released, further advancing the project to meet DLNG’s backfill timetable.”
Santos, which also has an 11.5 per cent interest in DLNG, said successful development of Barossa would more than double the company’s northern Australia production.
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