Technip has been awarded a contract for the project management consultancy (PMC) for a major offshore pipelines replacement deal in Abu Dhabi.

The deal covers phase one of the Zakum oil lines replacement (ZKOL) project for Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company’s (Adma-Opco).

The French engineering group will oversee the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) stage of the project, which is being carried out by UAE-based National Petroleum Constriction Company (NPCC).

The project will replace aged oil pipelines in the Lower Zakum offshore oil field to “enhance integrity assessment” and sustain oil production, says Technip. The first phase consists of about 90 kilometres of oil pipelines replacement and associated wellhead towers modification work.

Technip will carry out the contract from its operating centre in Abu Dhabi until the project’s scheduled completion in 2016.

NPCC won the $885m EPC contract on the project in January after MEED reporting in September 2013 that it was the frontrunner for the award.