Australian engineering firm Worley has secured a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the North Platte field development in the Gulf of Mexico.

The contract has been secured from TOTAL E&P USA, which is the operator of the North Platte Development.

Located nearly 275km off the coast of Louisiana, the North Platte field development includes a semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU) in water over 1,300 meters deep.

The development marks the reentry of TOTAL, as an operator, into Gulf of Mexico operations.

The contract secured by Worley will bring together its recently acquired capability for the floating production unit topside design with Intecsea experience for the design of the hull, mooring and subsea pipelines.

Worley’s Houston office will lead the FEED component of the project, with support from the company’s Hyderabad office in India.

The contract extends Worley’s involvement in TOTAL’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico project, following the completion of the pre-FEED phase in August 2019.

Worley integrated solutions and major projects group president Karen Sobel said: “We are delighted to continue supporting TOTAL’s return to Gulf of Mexico operations through the North Platte development.

“This project provides Worley with an opportunity to bring together our complimentary capability in both topside and hull design to offer complete, capital efficient and lightweight deep-water solutions. It’s an exciting prospect for our customers and our business.”

North Platte field production to average 75,000 barrels per day

At the plateau level, oil production from the North Platte field is expected to average 75,000 barrels per day.

TOTAL anticipates making its final investment decision on the North Platte field development in 2021.

Separately, Worley has been chosen for commissioning and start-up services for YCI Methanol One’s methanol plant development in Louisiana.

The $1.8bn greenfield plant is expected to have a production capacity of 1.7 million metric tonnes of methanol per year.

It will be developed and operated by YCI Methanol One, a business venture between Shandong Yuhuang and Koch Methanol.