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Shell awards contracts for its $40bn Browse project

Shell's Prelude floating LNG vessel

Shell has awarded the Technip Samsung Consortium two contracts for its $40billion natural gas project in Australia.

Shell’s Browse project covers the installation of three FLNG units to develop the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields in the Browse Basin.

Shell, which has a 27% interest in the scheme, will use its floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) technology to leveraging the site’s 15.4 trillion-cubic-feet of gas.

The Technip Samsung Consortium will manage the front-end engineering design (FEED) elements of the Browse FLNG project, taking into account the composition of the gas, local weather conditions and factors specific to each of the three fields.

Depending on the outcome, the consortium will also be awarded the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the three FLNG units.

Nello Uccelletti, Technip’s onshore/offshore president, said: “While FLNG represents a breakthrough in the industry, Technip’s teams worldwide have played a key role in this technology since its inception by bringing together our unique combination of expertise – not only in floating units, but also in subsea developments and liquefaction facilities. Today, we are glad to continue to strengthen our relationship with Shell and Woodside and confirm our FLNG leadership.”

The fields, which were discovered 1979, 2000 and 1971 respectively, are located 425km north-west of Broome in Western Australia.

Woodside Browse is the project’s operator with a 30.6% stake in the scheme. BP, MIMI Browse and PetroChina International Investment own the remaining interests.

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