17 September 2013 – The Wood Group Kenny (WGK) Australia has been awarded a contract to provide engineering and project management services to Sunbird Energy for the Ibhubesi gas project, off the west coast of South Africa. The initial phase of WGK’s work involves the concept and definition phases, with the objective of moving the project into front end engineering design (FEED) in the first quarter of 2014. The project is likely to include a subsea gathering system, an offshore processing facility, a subsea pipeline, about 400 km in length, and an onshore plant.
Sunbird Energy executed an agreement to acquire a 76% stake in the Ibhubesi gas field in 2012. The Ibhubesi gas project has multiple development opportunities to supply the high value South African energy market. Sunbird’s joint venture partner in the project is PetroSA (24%), the national oil company of South Africa.