Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE) is expected to award the main contract on the development of the emirate’s offshore Al-Jalila oil field early next year, according to industry sources.  

The state-owned company received bids earlier in the fourth quarter and is assessing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) proposals for the project, which is a rare upstream oil development in Dubai.

The scope of the project includes offshore platform B – complementing an existing platform – along with offshore pipelines and associated facilities.

The Al-Jalila field was first discovered off the coast of Dubai in February 2010 next to the existing Rashid field.

DPE awarded the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract for the initial production facilities in September 2010 to a consortium US-based Global Industries and the local Lamprell.

Sources with knowledge of the project estimated that the first phase would produce around 5,000-10,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil, but this could not be confirmed by DPE.

Excluding Al-Jalila, DPE is estimated to produce 50,000-70,000 b/d of crude from four offshore fields: Fateh, Southwest Fateh, Falah and Rashid. This represents a significant fall from the early 1990s peak of about 400,000 b/d.