Shell Australia let a multimillion-dollar contract to global engineering groups Wood and KBR to deliver integrated front-end engineering and design for Shell’s Crux gas-condensate development project in the Browse basin off Western Australia.
The project entails a not-normally manned steel-legged platform and a 160-km gas export pipeline to connect with Shell’s Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facilities.
Crux will be used as a source of backfill gas supply to Prelude and be remotely operated from the Prelude FLNG.
The FEED work will be carried out during the next 18 months by Wood and KBR’s engineering and project management teams in Perth and supported by Wood’s resource base in Kuala Lumpur.
The companies will provide a single integrated FEED for the Crux jacket, topsides, pipeline, subsea pipeline, and manifold.
Crux, discovered in 2000 by Nexus Energy Ltd., lies in 165 m of water about 620 km northeast of Broome. The field has estimated reserves of as much as 2 tcf of gas and 70 million bbl of condensate.
Shell has 82% and operatorship. SGH Energy Pty. Ltd. has 15%, and Osaka Gas 3%.