AMEC’S Australian-based joint venture, Clough AMEC, has been awarded a contract by Chevron to provide engineering services for its oil production facilities at Barrow Island and Thevenard Island offshore Western Australia.
While the value of the contract has not been announced, this is nonetheless a significant strategic deal, given the scale of the Barrow Island project.
Thework covers multi-discipline professional engineering studies, design and support services, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of onshore and offshore hydrocarbon extraction and processing facilities and associated pipelines.
Chevron holds a 51.7% controlling interest in the Barrow Island crude oil producing facilities. The company has an operating track record here reaching back 40 years.
The super-major also operates fields near Thevenard Island, where it holds a 51.4% interest. Thevenard Island, some 43 miles (70km) south-west of Barrow, provides a base for processing and storing hydrocarbons from several nearby oilfields.
In 2007, total daily production for these operations was 9,000 barrels of crude oil.
Energy believes the big attraction for Clough AMEC is that the contract gets the JV’s toe in the door in terms of hopefully securing work linked with the huge Greater Gorgon area development, in which Chevron holds a 50% stake.
In 2007, the Western Australian minister for environment and the Australian federal government granted Chevron environmental regulatory approvals necessary for the development of the Gorgon liquefied natural gas project on Barrow Island.