The UAE’s Al-Jaber Energy Services (EJES) has been awarded a $125m subcontract for civil and building works on artificial islands use to house oil production facilities off the coast of Abu Dhabi.

The contract was awarded by Petrofac Emirates, which is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the expansion of facilities on the offshore Upper Zakum oil field.

The project is on the north and south islands of the four artificial islands developed by project owner Zakum Development Company (Zadco).

The scope of EJES’ contract involves infrastructure works, piling and foundation, construction of buildings, the laying of underground piping, and other works related to marine logistics. 

EJES has three ongoing projects on the artificial islands for the clients Zadco, the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC)-Technip consortium, and Petrofac Emirates.

Zadco is carrying out projects to expand the Upper Zakum field’s capacity to 750,000 barrels a day (b/d) and has plans to increase this further to 1 million b/d.

Zadco awarded the EPC contracts on Upper Zakum’s early production facilities in 2012 and early 2013 with the largest contract, worth $3.7bn, awarded to a consortium of UK-based Petrofac and South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Engineering (DSME).