The advanced equipment will be installed on a new vessel with a cylindrical hull, which will help the extraction process even in bad weather by reducing the need to rotate to face on-coming waves.

The development project is expected to be complete in 2014, with extraction of oil set to begin in early 2015.

DPS has joined with China-based ship building firm Cosco to design production facilities to separate and treat oil, gas, sand and water extracted from the field.

The facility will help to produce clean oil for offloading vessel through shuttle tanker and treat water to dispose into the sea.

DPS Global managing director Neil Young said the latest deal reflects firm’s successful strategy of significant investment in engineering excellence and R&D and close working relationships in China.

"By improving the efficiency of extracting and cleaning sand, water and other materials, as well as stabilising the pressure and temperature of the oil at sea, our engineering and technology is helping reduce the cost of extraction, whilst ensuring best available technologies are used to minimise any environmental impact," Young added.