Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco) is expected to award the estimated $1.5bn contract for early production facilities at the offshore Umm Lulu and Nasr fields by the end of January.

Bids for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal at the fields were submitted on 11 January, after being delayed three times from the original September 2010 deadline.

“Prices have been opened, but they are waiting for approval from Adnoc [Abu Dhabi National Oil Company]”, says a source close to the project.

The bidders include:

  • National Petroleum Construction Company (local)
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Saipem (Italy)
  • Technip (France)
  • Larsen & Toubro (India)

Adma-Opco ultimately wants to produce 100,000 barrels a day (b/d) from Umm Lulu and 65,000 b/d from Nasr. The Nasr field will be developed in two phases producing 65,000 b/d by 2018. The first phase will produce 25,000 b/d by 2015. The new facilities will be linked to the existing production units at the adjacent Umm al Dalkh field (MEED 5:8:10).

Technip won the front-end engineering and design (feed) contract for the first phase of development in August 2009. Australia’s Worley Parsons is the project manager for the deal.

Adma-Opco is targeting 300,000 b/d of additional production from four new offshore fields; Ghasha-Butini-West Mubarraz, Umm Lulu, Nasr and Satah al-Razboot, by 2014 as part of Abu Dhabi’s plan to increase production to 1.75 million b/d by 2020.