Foster Wheeler wins Abu Dhabi onshore oil management deal

06 May 2010

Contract is part of a scheme to boost Abu Dhabi’s onshore production by 400,000 barrels a day

The US’ Foster Wheeler has won a management deal to oversee construction work at two oilfields in Abu Dhabi as part of a project to boost the emirate’s onshore oil production by 400,000 barrels a day.

The company announced on 4 May that it had been awarded the project management consultancy (PMC) contract, which covers work at the Bab and Qusawirah fields, by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations, a subsidiary of state energy firm Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Foster Wheeler will oversee the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor on the two developments, the local National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC).

NPCC won the $560m deal to develop the Qusawirah field in March and the $683m deal for work at Bab in February (MEED 16:2:10 ).

The first deal covers the construction of new oil gathering facilities at Qusawirah alongside a degassing station and a crude oil pipeline linking the field with the nearby Asab oil field. The state onshore oil operator wants to produce 30,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil from the field by 2013.

NPCC will boost production at Bab, 150 kilometres south of Abu Dhabi, by developing the Habshan-2 and Thamama-G reservoirs over a 30-month period under the second contract.

Abu Dhabi currently produces 1.4 million b/d of oil from its onshore oil fields and aims to boost this to 1.8 million by 2015, by increasing production at the Bab, Bida Al-Qemzan and Qusawirah fields.

US/Canadian Veco is overseeing the development of the Bida al-Qemzan field (MEED 9:2:10). The company will complete detailed engineering design work and order the necessary equipment before appointing a construction contractor on the project.

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