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MODEC to supply FPSO for Barossa Field offshore Australia

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MODEC, Inc. has announced that it has signed a contract with ConocoPhillips Australia Barossa Pty Ltd to supply a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Barossa field, offshore Australia.

It is intended that the FPSO will produce gas and condensate from subsea wells and, after treatment, supply feed gas to the Darwin LNG plant via a gas export pipeline.

According to the statement, MODEC was awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Barossa FPSO in June last year, and has now been selected as the turnkey contractor based upon its successful performance and deliverables of the FEED contract.

MODEC claims that the Barossa FPSO is its largest gas FPSO to date. It will be capable of exporting more than 600 million standard ft3/d of gas, as well as storing up to 650 000 barrels of condensate for export. In addition to this, it has been designed to withstand a 100-year cyclone event at a water depth of 260 m and located some 300 km off north of Darwin, Australia.

MODEC will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the Barossa FPSO, including topsides processing equipment, as well as hull and marine systems. Scheduled for delivery during 2023, the FPSO will be permanently moored by an internal turret mooring system supplied by a MODEC group company, SOFEC, Inc.

According to the statement, the Barossa FPSO will be the first application of MODEC’s ‘M350 Hull’. This is a next generation new built hull for FPSOs, full double hull design which has been developed to accommodate larger topsides and larger storage capacity than conventional VLCC tankers, with a longer design service life of 25 years plus. The hull will be built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd (DSIC) in Dalian, China.

The FPSO features a boiler and steam turbine based power generation system instead of conventional gas turbines, which helps reduce the carbon dioxide footprint of the facility.

Yuji Kozai, President and CEO of MODEC, said: “We are extremely honoured and proud to have been selected to provide the Gas FPSO for Barossa project.

“This contract award of a Gas FPSO reinforces one of our important business strategies, which we aim to penetrate into gas-related market. Also this new contract represents a significant milestone for MODEC in applying our next generation new built FPSO hull design of which we have developed to meet the new market demands for larger FPSOs. We are equally pleased to be a part of the team that will provide natural gas, a major clean energy source, for the benefit of the people and environment.”

MODEC claims that the Barossa FPSO will be its sixth FPSO in Australia and this contract award confirms its advanced position as the leading FPSO service provider in the country.

The Barossa joint venture is currently formed by ConocoPhillips Australia Barossa Pty Ltd (field operator, 37.5%), SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd (37.5%) and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd (25.0%).

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