Aker Solutions has been chosen by Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company (KPOC) as its contractor for the detailed engineering of the Kebabangan (KBB) Northern Hub development project located in the South China Sea, 130km offshore Sabah in East Malaysia.

As per the four-year contract, Aker Solutions operations in Malaysia will provide detailed design and engineering support through to the start up phase of project. The company estimates the contract value to be approximately NOK170m.

The KBB facility comprises single integrated drilling, oil and gas production, utilities and quarters (PDUQ) topsides mounted on a fixed 8-leg jacket in 142mt of water.

The gas and oil will be evacuated via 135km export lines to shore. The Shell-operated Malikai deep water field will be tied in via separate partially- stabilized liquid and dry gas lines shortly after first gas from KBB.

The topsides weight is estimated to be 17000MT and is designed to be installed by the floatover method. The jacket weight is estimated to be 14000MT and will be launch-installed.

Ravi Kashyap, president for Aker Solutions’ field development operations in Malaysia, said: “We thank KPOC for demonstrating their confidence in Aker Solutions. We have successfully completed the concept study and FEED for this project and look forward to further building on our relationship with KPOC in this critical phase of the development.”

KPOC, comprising Petronas Carigali (40%), ConocoPhillips Sabah Gas (30%) and Shell Energy Asia (30%), will operate the Kebabangan field. The company said that KBB will be a hub for the development of deep water and on-shelf gas and oil assets offshore Northern Sabah.