Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) today (January 5) awarded a $946 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) for the strategic long-term development of its Umm Shaif field.
The investment supports Adnoc’s oil production capacity plans of five million barrels per day (mmbpd) by 2030 while ensuring energy security for the UAE and partners around the world, said the statement from Adnoc.
The ‘Long-Term Development Plan – Phase 1’ (LTDP-1) EPC contract was awarded by Adnoc Offshore to NPCC after a competitive tender process.
The scope of the award covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning activities required to maintain Umm Shaif’s 275,000 barrels per day (mbd) crude oil production capacity, increase efficiencies and enhance the field’s long-term potential.
Significantly, over 75% of the total award value will flow back into the UAE economy under Adnoc’s In-Country Value (ICV) programme, ensuring that more economic value remains in the country from the contracts it awards.
This reinforces Adnoc’s commitment to the UAE’s ‘Principles of the 50’, the economic blueprint for sustainable growth announced by the UAE’s leadership in 2021, it stated.
Adnoc Upstream Executive Director Yaser Saeed Almazrouei said this award will maximize efficiencies while maintaining future output and supporting Adnoc’s strategic objective of five million barrels of oil production capacity a day by 2030.
"In addition, the development plan for Umm Shaif underpins Adnoc’s commitment to maintain its position as a leading low-cost oil producer and strengthens our role as a reliable energy provider to customers around the world, he stated.
Umm Shaif is Adnoc’s most historic offshore asset. 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the UAE’s first oil export of Umm Shaif crude oil (July 1962). Continuing investment and development at Umm Shaif ensures responsible maximization of profitability, enabling greater value for the UAE, Adnoc and its partners, he added.
The EPC contract, which is due to be completed in 2025, comprises two packages for network expansion and new well-head towers. The first package includes modifications and extension of existing facilities with installation of new subsea cables and pipelines for debottlenecking.
The second package includes the design of three lean well-head towers with associated new pipelines. The contract incorporates ‘fit for the future’ technology including rigless electrical submersible pumps (ESP) and other digital field technologies, which will increase efficiencies while maintaining current production capacity.
Adnoc Offshore CEO Ahmad Saqer Al Suwaidi said: "This contract is an important contributor to Adnoc Offshore’s plans as we build our production capacity to over 2 million barrels a day in the coming years in support of Adnoc’s smart growth strategy."
"The award follows a highly competitive bid process, which included a rigorous assessment of how much of the contract value would support the growth and diversification of the UAE’s economy through Adnoc’s ICV Programme," he added.

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