The British arm of Houston engineering and construction company KBR has landed a design contract to help expand an offshore liquefied natural gas project in West Africa.
KBR announced on Tuesday morning that BP awarded the Houston company's British subsidiary a contract for pre-front end engineering design services for the second and third phases of BP's
Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project along the maritime border of Senegal and Mauritania.
Known in the oil and natural gas industry as a Pre-FEED contract, KBR will design offshore platforms and underwater pipelines to expand natural gas production that will be delivered to an offshore liquefied natural gas plant that BP plans to develop nearby.
"We are proud to be part of this groundbreaking project which will deliver LNG revenues and gas to Africa for decades to come," KBR Energy Solutions & Services President Jay Ibrahim said in a statement. "This win demonstrates KBR's strategic commitment to our partner BP to deliver an innovative and cost effective deepwater gas value chain together."
Discovered in 2015 and located more than a mile below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, Tortue is an ultra-deepwater field that is believed to hold more than 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves.
The equipment that KBR plans to design will allow for extracted natural gas to move through a subsea pipeline to underwater processing platforms and then to an offshore liquefaction plant that will be floating at the surface.
Located along the maritime border of Senegal and Mauritania, BP plans for the first phase of the offshore LNG export terminal to produce 2.5 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year.
Headquartered in Houston with roots going back more than 100 years, KBR reported a $281 million profit on $4.9 billion of revenue during 2018.
With services ranging from government contracting to the oil & gas industry, the company employs more than 36,000 people in 40 nations.