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Development of a regional supply network delivers success in Timor-Leste

The Bayu-Undan gas field, operated by ConocoPhillips, is the largest oil and gas discovery in the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA) between Timor-Leste and Australia. Located in a remote area of the Timor Sea, the project is a long way from established oil and gas infrastructure or supply chain support.

In a joint venture with Australian engineering services company Clough, We are providing asset support for all the offshore facilities of the Bayu-Undan Gas Recycle Project – a world-class offshore gas recycling project which utilises the world’s first multi-use separate propane, butane and condensate Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel. The gas is piped from the main offshore installation some 500km to Darwin and the ConocoPhillips LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant.

"We are working closely with our customer to develop the skills and competencies of the local workforce by establishing training programs and mentorship schemes. Timor-Leste now has a developing workforce being prepared for future developments in the oil and gas industry."
Andy Sinclair, Contract Manager

To manage the complex logistics and operational support of the project, we have created four operating centres in Perth, Darwin, the Philippines and Timor-Leste, and used supply chain infrastructure that we had developed in the Philippines to provide skilled local offshore workers.

As with all our projects, we worked closely with our customer to develop the skills of the local work-force by establishing training programmes and a mentoring scheme. As a result, the project has provided a solid foundation for the further development of the domestic oil and gas industry in Timor-Leste.

Our success in creating an effective regional supply chain network was demonstrated during a major ‘debottlenecking’ project to improve the efficiency of the facilities. We transferred best practice from our experience within the region and from our work in the North Sea to successfully manage the execution of the six-week shutdown, which was the largest shutdown in our customer’s history.

Location:Timor Sea Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA)
Client:ConocoPhillips
Scope:Planning, operations and maintenance, fabrication, offshore implementation and project management.
Date:2004 – 2008