AMEC, the international project management and services company, has announced that Houston-based subsidiary AMEC Paragon has been selected by the Turkish national oil company, Turkiye Petrolleri A.O. (TPAO), to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) for a natural gas drilling and wellhead platform in the Western Black Sea near Akçakoca, Turkey. As operator for the Akçakoca Gas Field Development Project, TPAO holds a 51% share in the development. Toreador Resources (USA) and Stratic Energy (Canada) are joint venture partners. AMEC Paragon’s work aims to expand gas production capacity, currently achieved via three minimal tripods, by 35% to 75 million standard cubic feet per day. A new four-legged platform in 312ft of water will be installed over two existing exploratory wells. TPAO plans to drill three or four additional production wells from the same platform. Additional exploratory wells are planned for 2008. After FEED, AMEC Paragon expects to provide detailed engineering and construction management for the platform facilities, pipeline and drilling rig.