Worley has been awarded a FEED contract for Total E&P USA’s North Platte field development in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), the company said on Jan. 23.

Located approximately 275 km (170 miles) off the coast of Louisiana, the North Platte field development includes a semisubmersible floating production unit (FPU) in water over 1,300 m (4,265 ft) deep. 

The project brings together Worley’s recently acquired capability for the FPU topside design with Intecsea experience for the design of the hull, mooring and subsea pipelines. Now under one roof, Worley’s expanded capability to deliver flexible FPU designs with capital efficiency and minimal time to market proved a key contributor to this award.

Having completed the pre-FEED phase in August 2019, this award extends Worley’s involvement in Total’s deepwater GoM project.

“We are delighted to continue supporting Total’s return to Gulf of Mexico operations through the North Platte development,” said Karen Sobel, group president for major projects and integrated solutions at Worley. “This project provides Worley with an opportunity to bring together our complimentary capability in topside and hull design to offer complete, capital efficient and lightweight deepwater solutions. It’s an exciting prospect for our customers and our business.”

The FEED component of the project is being led by Worley’s Houston office with support from its Hyderabad office in India.

The North Platte development forms part of TOTAL’s reentry, as an operator, into GoM operations with oil production expected to average 75,000 barrels per day at plateau level. Total expects to make its final investment decision in 2021.