Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE) is preparing to expand Dubai’s oil production capacity by developing a second phase of production facilities at its offshore Al-Jalila field.

The state-owned company has tendered the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase of the Al-Jalila oil field offshore platform B and pipelines, with companies expected to submit bids in August.

The scope of the project includes offshore platform B – complementing an existing platform – offshore pipelines and associated facilities.

The Al-Jalila field was first discovered off the coast of Dubai in February 2010 next to the existing Rashid field.

DPE awarded the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract for the initial production facilities in September 2010 to a consortium US-based Global Industries and the local Lamprell.

That contract covers a basic unmanned offshore production platform with a single compressor unit and about 12 kilometres of flowlines to transport oil produced at the field to DPE’s onshore processing and distribution facilities.

Sources with knowledge of the project estimated that the first phase would produce around 5,000-10,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil, but this could not be confirmed by DPE.

Excluding Al-Jalila, DPE is estimated to produce 50,000-70,000 b/d of crude from four offshore fields: Fateh, Southwest Fateh, Falah and Rashid. This represents a significant fall from the early 1990s peak of about 400,000 b/d.