Local content surprise for Tortue FPSO bidders

Supermajor BP has hit bidders battling to supply a floating production, storage and offloading vessel for its 15 trillion cubic foot Tortue liquefied natural gas project off Mauritania and Senegal with a surprise local content query.

Upstream understands all groups vying for the prestigious order were, out of the blue, sent documents two weeks ago requesting details on what they could do on the local content front.

The documents were issued shortly after an inter-governmental co-operation agreement was signed by Mauritania and Senegal that dealt largely with field unitisation.

Responses to the local content query were submitted last week and bidders are now awaiting BPs decision delayed from December last year on which FPSO contractor group it will select to carry out further engineering before entering a construction period.

Andy Inglis, chief executive of Kosmos Energy, BPs Tortue partner, told analysts this week: A number of key contracts are expected to be awarded in the coming weeks.

However, a well-placed source said a decision could come within days.

In January, Upstream reported that BP was evaluating offers from as many as six groups bidding for the FPSO engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning contract.

The groups are headed by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung Heavy Industries, Modec, SBM Offshore, TechnipFMC and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.

The full line-ups are thought to be: Hyundai-KBR, Samsung-Wood Group Mustang, Modec-Jur....

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