Abu Dhabi has awarded a $1.69bn contract to UAE-based National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) in a consortium with France’s Technip for package two of the offshore Umm al-Lulu full field development project, according to NPCC.

The NPCC-Technip consortium was selected by project owner Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package ahead of a rival bid from South Korea’s Samsung Engineering, MEED reported at the end of July.

The scope of the work consists of the detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, offshore installation, commissioning and start-up of an offshore super-complex on the Umm al-Lulu field, located in the Gulf, 42 kilometres off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018.

The complex will comprise six bridge-linked platforms including gathering, separation, gas treatment and water disposal facilities, utilities and accommodation modules. The platforms total 66,000 tonnes and will be fabricated in NPCC’s yard in Abu Dhabi.

NPCC will install the platforms by a floatover method, which allows a high proportion of the hook-up and pre-commissioning work to be completed onshore prior to the load-out, reducing the cost and the duration of the commissioning phase, the company said.

The award complements the $765m EPC contract Adma-Opco awarded to NPCC for package 1 of the Umm al-Lulu full field development earlier in the year.

Package one comprises the detailed engineering, procurement, installation, commissioning and start-up of six new wellhead towers, 90km of infield pipelines, a 125km main oil line, 100km of fibre-optic cables and brownfield modifications to two existing wellhead towers on the field.

Umm al-Lulu, along with the Nasr and Satah al-Razboot (Sarb) full field developments, are part of Adma-Opco’s plans to increase its total crude production to 1 million barrels a day (b/d) by 2020, up from the current 600,000 b/d.