The UAE’s Lamprell has been awarded a $62m contract by Australia’s Leighton Offshore for the fabrication of two topsides and jackets for Iraq’s Basra oil terminal oil expansion project.

The work which also includes a metering skid and associated piping will be performed at Lamprell’s Sharjah facility, according to a 13 February company statement.

Lamprell will deliver the equipment at the end of 2012.

Leighton Offshore was awarded a $518m engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract in October last year to build a 48-inch subsea pipeline to transport crude from storage facilities at the Al-Fao peninsula to a new floating terminal and install a 900,000 barrels a day (b/d) single-point mooring buoy (SPM).

Topsides refer to surface hardware on offshore oil platforms, including accommodation blocks. Jackets are vertical sections made of tubular steel, piled into the seabed.