South Korea-based Samsung Heavy Industries has selected power and automation group ABB, as the main electrical contractor (MEC) for the Ichthys oil and gas project in Timor Sea, offshore Australia.

Samsung is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor of a new semi-submersible central processing facility (CPF) at the Ichthys oil and gas field.

Under the $15m MEC contract, ABB will provide complete and integrated electrical solution for the offshore production facility, CPF.

ABB will supply a wide range of power products and systems for the CPF, including high voltage air and gas insulated switchgear, low voltage switchboards, and liquid-filled and dry-type transformers.

The company will also be responsible for design, engineering, installation, commissioning and project management.

The offshore production facility, CPF is expected to be completed in 2016.

The Ichthys oil and gas project is a $32b joint venture between Japan-based International Petroleum Exploration (INPEX) and Total E&P Australia.

The oil and gas project is estimated to have an initial production capacity of 8.4 million metric tons (MMT) of liquefied natural gas and 1.6 MMT of liquefied petroleum gas a year, and about 100,000 barrels of condensate a day at peak.