At least nine international engineering firms have submitted technical bids on a deal to manage the design process for the development of the offshore Sath al-Raazboot oilfield in Abu Dhabi.

The winner of the project management consultancy deal will oversee the work of US-based Fluor, which is the front end engineering and design (Feed) contractor on the project. Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco), the client on the scheme, wants to produce 100,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil from the field by the end of 2014.

The bidders submitted technical proposals for the deal on 2 March, and will hand in cost estimates on 16 March, sources close to the companies tell MEED. Firms lining up for the deal include the UK’s Amec, Mustang Engineering, Foster Wheeler, and Stone & Webster, all of the US, and Australia’s WorleyParsons.

The project will include two production platforms, about 30km of pipelines, and associated production units. Regional projects tracker MEED Projects values the scheme at about $1.5bn in total.

The project is part of a programme being led by the two offshore operators in the emirate, Adma-Opco and Zakum Development Company (Zadco), to boost Abu Dhabi’s offshore production capacity from 1.1 million b/d currently to 1.75 million b/d by 2020.

The two companies are expected to award deals worth up to $25bn by 2014 in order to meet targets. As part of this, Feed deals are also set to be awarded on the development of the Nasr, Umm al-Lulu and Upper Zakum fields in 2010. Bid documents for an engineering, procurement and design deal to build new infrastructure at the Satah field for Zadco were released on 7 March.