French engineering major Technip has won a $408m contract to build a gas compressor for Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company’s (Gasco) facilities at Asab in the south of the emirate.

Technip will build a booster station, Asab 3, which will enable Gasco to process and distribute more gas from its existing facilities at Asab. The firm will also modify two existing gas-handling units, Asab 0 and Asab 1, and build a natural gas pipeline.

The deal is a vital part of Abu Dhabi’s wider $1bn Asab, Bab, Bu Hasa, Ruwais (ABBR) scheme to increase the emirate’s gas processing and distribution capacity by 150 million cubic feet a day (cf/d).

Technip beat competition from three other international engineering firms in a bid round on 6 October. Gasco recommended, that Technip carry out the work, to its parent company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) on 12 October (MEED 28:10:09).

According to a Gasco statement on 16 November, Technip has won the contract. A senior executive at the French firm also confirms they have won the deal. The gas compressor should start working in the third quarter of 2012.

The award follows an announcement on 29 October that Gasco has signed contracts worth more than $9bn on its integrated gas development megaproject.