Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco) is aiming to raise its production to one million barrels a day (b/d) by the time its present concession expires in 2018, MEED’s Abu Dhabi 2013 Conference was told on 9 December.

Adma-Opco’s chief executive officer Ali al-Jarwan said the number of offshore rigs being used in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) group companies would rise to 80 from the current 40 to deliver the Abu Dhabi’s target increase in sustainable oil production capacity to 3.5 million b/d.

Al-Jarwan said 73 per cent of Adnoc’s procurement in 2012 was done through the Abu Dhabi market.

“For the oil sector this year, there were about $10bn awards for contracts, $6bn of that for offshore fields,” he said. “Adnoc is also spending on upgrading and on state-of-the-art technology and automation. Adnoc is trying to be in the top 10 oil and gas companies worldwide, in terms of volume and efficiency, so we emphasis operational excellence in everything we do.”

Of the gas produced in association with oil, 98.5 per cent is captured and use.

“In refineries, we are recycling all residual oil and have 100 per cent efficiency in extracting components from the hydrocarbons systems,” said Al-Jarwan.

Asked about the future of the Adma-Opco concession, Al-Jarwan said a competitive process is being used to deal with Abu Dhabi’s onshore concession and that he assumed a similar approach would be adopted for the Adma-Opco concession. Adma-Opco operates two major fields: Umm Shaif and Zakum.