French energy major TotalEnergies is preparing to select imminently its front-end engineering and design contractors for the multi-billion dollar Papua LNG project in Papua New Guinea.

Three FEED contracts are being offered — the upstream central processing facility and wellpads; the onshore and offshore pipelines; and the early works.

Multiple market sources said the frontrunner for the upstream facility FEED is Technip Energies, with competition coming from some or all of McDermott, Fluor/Saipem, Wood and Worley.