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British oil major BP has awarded a contract for the Tortue/Ahmeyim offshore gas project to engineering companies McDermott International Inc and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE)

Offshore ProjectThe Tortue/Ahmeyim Field Development is located in the C-8 block off the shore of Mauritania. (Image source: Maersk Drilling/Flickr)

Under terms of the contract, BHGE will provide engineering services for the offshore wells, while McDermott will work on piping for the offshore project.

The companies said that front-end engineering design (FEED) work on the project is scheduled to begin and complete this year.

“Increasingly, industry players are looking for commercially-innovative business models and integrated offerings that help reduce costs, while increasing efficiency and productivity," said Graham Gillies, vice-president, Subsea Production Systems and Subsea Services at BHGE.

“We look forward to partnering again with BP on a significant project to support an efficient and streamlined process towards first gas,” said Scott Munro, vice-president of Americas, Europe and Africa,McDermott International.

BP, the operator for the project, has about a 60 per cent interest in the off shore block first discovered by Kosmos Energy.

The companies also said that the agreement contains a mechanism which allows transition of the contract to a lump sum contract at a later date.