Norway's Equinor is set to choose as soon as next week the winner in a pre-front-end engineering and design competition to supply a massive floating production, storage and offloading vessel for the Carcara pre-salt field off Brazil.

Multiple industry sources told Upstream that Equinor is on the verge of selecting either Japan’s Modec or Netherlands-based SBM Offshore for the job, with the two floater heavyweights still in a neck-and-neck race to be awarded the coveted pre-FEED contract.