GDF SUEZ Bonaparte, operator of the Bonaparte LNG project, has awarded the contracts for pre-front
end engineering and design (pre-FEED), to Granherne (upstream) and DORIS Engineering (midstream),
two of the world's leading engineering and energy project management consultancies.
The awarding of the contracts is the first major milestone since GDF SUEZ (60%) and Santos (40%) entered
into a joint venture in August 2009 to develop a floating liquefaction project in the Bonaparte Basin, in the
Timor Sea, 250 kilometers west of the northern Australian city of Darwin.
The project aims to produce 2 million tonnes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) per annum, using the natural
gas from the Petrel, Tern and Frigate fields.
The final investment decision for the project is expected in 2014, with LNG production scheduled to start
GDF SUEZ Bonaparte General Manager Jean-François Letellier said: "This is a key phase for Bonaparte
LNG and we are delighted to have contractors with the experience and expertise of Granherne and DORIS
Engineering with our team to help refine the right and innovative concept to bring the natural gas from
stranded fields to the Asia-Pacific market, a high growth and high demand market for LNG."
Santos Vice President WA & NT, John Anderson, said Bonaparte LNG was one of four LNG projects in the
Santos portfolio which together have the potential to deliver material growth in Santos' equity LNG
production by 2020: "This growth is predicated on discovered resources and, in the case of Bonaparte
LNG, drawing on the many years of experience in the LNG business of our joint venture partner,
GDF SUEZ," he said.
Granherne is a leading front-end engineering consultancy for onshore, offshore and deep water oil and
gas developments with experience of over 3,000 projects in more than 20 countries. The project will be
managed by Granherne's Asia-Pacific regional office in Perth.
DORIS Engineering are experts in the field of engineering for the offshore oil and gas industry, with more
than 40 years of experience in the offshore industry, creating innovative and cost-effective solutions for
the most challenging environments, including remote locations. Based in Paris, DORIS has offices in the
UK, USA, Brazil, Indonesia and Angola.