ADCO evaluate offers for NEB-3 Onshore EPC contract
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Operations (ADCO) is currently evaluating the offers for the third phase of the North East Bab (NEB-3) project onshore Abu Dhabi.
As the other projects Upper Zakum, Umm Al-Lulu or Al-Nasr, NEB-3 is part of the giant upstream projects in Abu Dhabi to help the UAE to meet their targeted quotas of production in 2018.
In line with the other producing countries sitting at the OPEC, the goal is for each member to increase its production of crude oil so that the OPEC countries together can sustain their 40% market share globally.
Considering that the crude oil production increase must begin with compensating the natural decline of the maturing fields, such a goal represents a major effort for the producing countries.
All the companies of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) are involved in this program where ADCO is expected to contribute in ramping up its current production of 1.4 million b/d to 1.8 million b/d by 2018.
Within ADCO assets portfolio, the third phase of North East Bab is expected to bring 110,000 b/d additional output.
Located less than 50 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi City, NEB lies along the shore line with onshore and offshore oil and gas fields.
Onshore, NEB includes the Rumaitha and Shanayel oil fields.
Offshore, NEB relies on the Al-Dabbiya oil field.
In between these fields, the coast line area is considered by Abu Dhabi Authorities are environmental sensitive,.
ADCO to phase up Onshore – Offshore NEB-3 project
Since the development of the onshore part and offshore portion of NEB-3 had to be split anyway, ADCO decided to phase up the project and the organize the call for tender separately for the onshore and offshore packages of the NEB-3 project.
For the development of Al-Dabbiya as part of NEB-3 Offshore project, ADCO is still evaluating offers for the front end engineering and design (FEED) work, while Technip completed the FEED for the Rumaitah and Shanayel onshore fields development project.
ADCO is currently evaluating these offers in order to make a decision at the end of 2013 or early 2014.
If ADCO is still willing to reach its production goal by 2018, it will have to move the NEB-3 project into the execution phase without any delay.