HOUSTON – Woodside Energy has contracted McDermott International to perform front-end engineering and design for a semisubmersible floating production unit (FPU) for the Scarborough gas field development offshore Western Australia.
McDermott’s offices in The Hague, Netherlands, will lead the study and early engineering. There is an option on completion of the program to progress to an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract, if Woodside and its partners approve the project.
The FPU, which will be operated remotely and with minimal manning, will process natural gas, with facilities for gas separation, dehydration and compression and monoethylene glycol regeneration and water handling.
The topsides will have a production capacity of 7-9 metric tons/yr (7.7-9.9 tons) and will be placed on a semisubmersible hull in 2,952 ft (900 m) water depth.
Scarborough, which contains 7.3 tcf of gas, is 236 mi (380 km) offshore the Burrup Peninsula in Australia’s North West Shelf.
Development will include 12 daisy-chained subsea wells tied back to the FPU on the field, with production sent for processing on the Burrup Peninsula.