The UK’s Mott MacDonald has been appointed as the project management consultant by the Japan-owned Abu Dhabi Oil Company Limited (Adoc) for the development of the Hail offshore oilfield in the UAE.

The project covers both the early production and full field development phases for the field which is located approximately 10 kilometres south of Mubarraz Island in the Gulf.

Mott MacDonald will manage and administer Phase 1, which comprises front end engineering design (feed), approvals, and tendering the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. Production manifolds will be installed on a new artificial island including wellheads, production and test manifolds and utilities.

The offshore oilfield is located adjacent to Adoc’s existing operating field and includes undeveloped reservoirs, with the maximum oil production from these reservoirs anticipated to be similar to the current production rate of the existing oil fields.

Adoc is Abu Dhabi’s largest oil producer which is not owned by state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc). It operates the Mubarraz, Umm al-Anbar and Neewat al-Ghalan fields. Adoc was awarded a contract in 2011 to develop the Hail field’s oil potential, adding it to the 30-year concession agreement for the three existing fields from the end of 2012.