Abu Dhabi is preparing to tender two packages on the development of its offshore Nasr oilfield later in the first quarter, after asking contractors for expressions of interest.

Project owner, Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco), is carrying out the full field development with separate engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages for both platforms and pipelines.

The companies expressing interest in the contracts were:

  • Dodsal (UAE)
  • GS E&C (South Korea)
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Larsen & Toubro (India)
  • National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC, UAE)
  • Punj Lloyd (India)
  • SK E&C (South Korea)
  • Technip (France)

Adma-Opco is expected to ask for interested companies to submit technical EPC bids in the second quarter. 

The EPC packages cover wells and wellhead towers, gas lift facilities, oil processing facilities, multi-phase metres and pumps, an infield subsea pipeline, an export pipeline to Das Island, an oil & water trunk line, power generation facilities, a utilities platform, living quarters and associated facilities.

The front-end engineering and design (feed) contract for the Nasr full field development was awarded to US-based Fluor, while Shaw Group won the project management consultancy (PMC) contract.

A separate EPC package on the Nasr field, for the early production facilities, was awarded to Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro in the third quarter of 2011.

The projects form part of Adma-Opco’s plan to add 300,000 barrels a day (b/d) of production capacity from several new offshore fields, including Nasr, Satah al-Razboot (Sarb) and Umm al-Lulu.

South Korea’s Hyundai E&C has emerged as the frontrunner to win the developments’ largest EPC contract – the $1.88bn fourth package on Sarb – after submitting the lowest bid.

Adma-Opco is majority-owned by the state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), with minority stakes held by UK-based BP, France’s Total and Japan Oil Development Company (Jodco).