Malaysian floater specialist Yinson Holdings has emerged as the front runner for the engineering, procurement and construction contract that will deliver a floating production, storage and offloading vessel for Eni’s 1 billion barrel deep-water Agogo project offshore Angola.

Multiple industry sources told Upstream that Yinson has edged out rival bids from fellow Malaysian player Bumi Armada and Italy’s Saipem with a commercial offer and technical proposals for the Agogo FPSO.

Some sources said that Eni will sign a letter of intent with Yinson imminently, with a commercial contract likely to be be finalised later this year.