Woodside Petroleum is making offshore contractors bide their time as the Australian operator prepares to start the offshore pre-front end engineering and design phase of the US$15 billion Browse liquefied natural gas project.

The operator was expected to have by now issued invitations to tender to select contractors for several pre-FEED contracts.

A pre-qualification exercise was carried out in early 2018, and sources said Woodside knows which companies it will invite to bid but has not confirmed this with the contractors themselves.