Abu Dhabi pushes ahead with offshore oil developments

04 October 2009

Engineering firms asked to state interest in design deals as part of scheme to boost offshore oil production

Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco) is pushing ahead with a series of major new projects as it moves to boost its share of the emirate’s offshore oil and gas production to 1 million barrels a day (b/d).

The company has asked international engineering firms to formally state their interest in a total of four contracts to design and manage the second phase development of two new fields by 5 October.

Once the company has prequalified firms, it will tender a project management consultancy (PMC) and a front end engineering and design (Feed) contract on both the Umm al-Lulu and the Nasr oil fields.

The Netherlands’ Tebodin completed the Feed design contract for the first phase development of Umm al-Lulu, which will bring production at the previously untapped reservoir to 22, 000 b/d of oil in early 2009.

Paris-based Technip won a second Feed contract, which covered the first-phase development of the Nasr field to produce 22,000 b/d in June of 2009, with completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2010 (MEED 7:8:09).

The second phase will see production at Umm al-Lulu lifted to 105,000 b/d while Nasr is increased to 65,000 b/d.

Firms looking at the contract say that a final list of firms which will to bid on the deals will not be available until late October. Likely candidates include Technip, Tebodin, the US’ Foster Wheeler, the UK’s Amec and Australia’s Worley Parsons.

A similar list of candidates was asked to register their interest with Adma-Opco by 26 September for another deal to oversee the Feed stage of another full-field development at the Sath al-Razboot, or Sarb, field. Adma-Opco hopes to add 100,000 b/d of production through the development of the field.

All of the developments are part of Adma-Opco’s plans to increase its share of offshore production in the emirate to 1 million b/d from current levels of around 600,000 b/d.

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