After awarding Upper Zakum Abu Dhabi moves on Umm al-Dalkh

Zadco to prepare call for tender on Umm al-Dalkh

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolAfter awarding Upper Zakum EPC-2 contract to Petrofac, the Abu Dhabi Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) is preparing the invitation to bid (ITB) for the development of Umm al-Dalkh, offshore Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

On April 11th, 2013,  ZADCO awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the second package (EPC-2) of the Upper Zakum (UZ750) field development to a consortium of Petrofac Emirates and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) from South Korea.

Zadko_Upper_Zakum_MapIn this consortium Petrofac Emirates results from a joint venture between Petrofac from UK and the local Mubadala Petroleum (Mubadala) company.

Signed on the base of $3.79 billion capital expenditure, this EPC contract will provide Petrofac Emirates with $2.9 billion stake.

In February 2013, Petrofac had been given as the lowest bidder of a rebid organized for this package Upper Zakum EPC-2.

Since then ZADCO and its partners took some time to analyze in detail each offer as the top three bidders were so close.

Established in November 1977 to develop and operate the offshore field of Upper Zakum (UZ), ZADCO is a joint venture between:

 – Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) 60%, the operator

 – ExxonMobil Abu Dhabi Offshore Petroleum Company Ltd. (EMAD) 28% 

 – Japan Oil Development Company Ltd. (Jodco) 12%.

ZADCO_Umm_Al-Dalkh_Abu-Dhabi_mapLocated 84 kilometers northwest offshore Abu Dhabi and 56 kilometers from the export terminal on Zirku Island, Upper Zakum is the second largest crude oil field in the Gulf and the fourth one in the world.

In the same offshore area ly the fields of Umm al-Dalkh and Satah.

Originally developed by the Umm al-Dalkh Development Company (UDECO), ADNOC decided in 1988 to merge this company with ZADCO to unitize the development process and the means of production.

Tebodin completed the FEED on Umm al-Dalkh EOR

Umm al-Dalkh is covering 168 square kilometers only 25 kilometers distance from Abu Dhabi shore.

Lying by 2,310 meters, the Umm al-Dalkh field is composed of two reservoirs.

ZADCO_Umm_Al-Dalkh_Tebodin_Abu DhabiDiscovered in 1969, Umm al-Dalkh has been developed in connection with Upper Zakum, 66 kilometers further north on the way to the export terminal based on the Zirku Island.

Currently, the crude oil extracted from Umm al-Dalkh is transported to Upper Zakum through a 14-inch pipeline where both fields production is carried out to Zirku Island by a 42-inch pipeline.

In 2010, the Dutch engineering company Tebodin won a first contract to enhance the production of Umm al-Dalkh.

According to this contract, Tebodin provided engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) services to:

 – Modify existing facilities

 – Add a new control system

– Install electrical submersible pumps

 – Electrical panels

 – Subsea power supply cable from the central platform

Then Tebodin was awarded the front end engineering and design (FEED) for another enhanced oil recovery (EOR) expansion including:

 – Gas injection

 – Water cuts handling.

With this last project, ZADCO is targeting to increase capacity from the current 13,000 B:d to 20,000 b/d.

Tebodin completed the FEED so that ZADCO is now preparing the invitation to bid for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract.

ZADCO is expecting to receive the technical and commercial offers on the third quarter 2013 in order to make the final investment decision (FID) and award the EPC contract before the end of the year.

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