Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paris-based Technip, has been awarded a contract to carry out a conceptual study and masterplan for the full development of the onshore Asab field in Abu Dhabi (MEED 25:2:05).

The six-month study will include an assessment of the surface production facilities and recommendations for an expansion taking into account rising water cut and gas lift requirements, as well as a 30,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) increase in oil production capacity from 2009.

The study will also look at options for replacing the existing production facilities at the adjoining Sahil and Shah fields. The contract for the proposed new facilities will include drilling new wells and maintaining production from existing wells and the supply and installation of about 200 kilometres of oil transmission pipelines, water reinjection and gas inlet compressors.

A tender is due to be issued by early 2006 for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package. Preliminary estimates put total project costs at up to $1,000 million and an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender is due to be issued by the summer of 2006.

The Asab field has production capacity of about 280,000 b/d. The project is part of efforts by the client, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco), to increase production to 1.6 million b/d from 1.4 million b/d.