UK based oil and gas firm Petrofac has won a $280m contract from Petronas Carigali for the development of the SEPAT offshore early production system on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

As per the contract, Petrofac will carry out the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) for the full scope of the early production system in a water depth of approximately 65m.

The EPCIC will consist of a mobile offshore production unit (MOPU), a floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility for the early production of approximately 20,000 barrels of oil per day, and all interconnecting subsea pipelines.

These facilities mirror those of the Cendor phase I development, which was also undertaken by Petrofac on behalf of Petronas under a production sharing contract framework.

Local partners supporting Petrofac on this project are Kencana HL, which will add all the processing equipment to the MOPU, and BumiArmada, which will supply and install the FSO.

The first oil is expected before the end of 2011.

The Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) work for the project was undertaken in Petrofac’s FEED office in Woking, UK.