Abu Dhabi has awarded an $885m contract to local group National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) to carry out the first phase of it Lower Zakum oil lines replacement project.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was awarded by project owner Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco), which is aiming to expand the capacity of the Lower Zakum offshore oil field.

MEED reported in September 2013 that NPCC was the frontrunner to win the contract after the Abu Dhabi-based contractor submitted the lowest commercial bid on the EPC tender.

Adma-Opco also received bids from the US’ McDermott and Italy’s Saipem for the brownfield scheme, which it decided to fast-track due to the critical need for the pipeline replacements.

The project’s front-end engineering and design (feed) was completed by French engineering company Technip, with the scope of the scheme adjusted several times during this phase.

The Lower Zakum field, which represents most of Adma-Opco’s crude production, is located 63 kilometres off the coast of Abu Dhabi and 81km from the Das Island oil and gas processing hub.

The first phase of Zakum oil lines replacement project includes about 90km of oil pipelines replacement and associated wellhead towers modification.

The project is part of Adma-Opco’s programme to raise crude production to 1 million barrels a day (b/d) from 600,000 b/d by 2020.

Adma-Opco is a joint venture of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), the UK’s BP, France’s Total and Japanese Oil Development Company (Jodco).