KBR has announced it has been selected as Höegh’s preferred engineer to execute pre-FEED studies for two of its projects off the coast of Israel and offshore Australia.

KBR will provide the pre-FEED study for the King liquefied natural gas-floating production storage and offloading (LNG-FPSO) facility currently being evaluated for Noble Energy’s giant Tamar gas field off the coast of Israel.

KBR has developed FPSOs that are in use worldwide and is recognised as one of the world’s leading providers of onshore LNG plants and FPSOs.

Höegh LNG awarded KBR a second FLNG pre-FEED study for an unnamed project offshore Australia. The four-month pre-FEED is intended to provide a Total Installed Cost (TIC) estimate for a two mtpa FLNG facility to enable further evaluation of the project.

KBR will perform a cost estimate study, taking Höegh’s existing generic LNG FPSO FEED study and adapting the capex cost for the operator’s field-specific basis of design. Should the project economics prove viable, FEED could start as early as 4Q 2012.

Both projects will be performed in KBR’s London Operating Center, utilising the company’s substantial and growing FLNG engineering capability spread over the London, Houston and Perth offices.

“We are excited about providing the initial engineering work for an innovative LNG FPSO solution to support Höegh LNG’s already-developed concept,” said Roy Oelking, KBR Group President, Hydrocarbons.

“We are pleased to work with Höegh LNG, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., and the Tamar field owners in developing one of the first LNG FPSOs to come to market. KBR has been working with Höegh LNG since 2010 and we are confident that, together, we will help Höegh deliver the optimum solution for bringing Tamar gas to the market.”

Elsewhere, Boskalis has signed a 10-year pact for LNG in Papua New Guinea.

Dutch dredging company Royal Boskalis said that its associated company Smit Lamnalco has been awarded a 10-year contract for providing terminal services at the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas terminal near Port Moresby - the total contract value is $120 million, with Boskalis’ share being $60 million.

The contract, which has additional extension options, is awarded by Esso Highland – a unit of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

The PNG LNG export terminal is part of a larger integrated LNG production, processing and liquefaction project which started following the discovery of three major gas field in Papua New Guinea.

Both the offshore and onshore infrastructure is currently under construction and expected to be operational in 2014.