Abu Dhabi, UAE: The National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a part of Senaat, one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding companies owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, today broke a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ (GWR) title for the ‘Heaviest single-module topside on a fixed steel jacket.’
The record-beating Umm Lulu Gas Treatment Platform (ULGTP) set on a fixed steel jacket weighs 31,515metric tonnes and was manufactured by NPCC, fully in the UAE at its 1.3 million square metre manufacturing yard in Musaffah, for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), contributing substantial in-country value. NPCC celebrated the GWR honour by unveiling the plaque at its pavilion at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) being held at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The platform was inaugurated in June by His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, in the presence of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.
Nearly as tall as London’s Big Ben, the ULGTP measures 77.7 metres x 83.5 metres, and is one of five platforms fully manufactured by NPCC as part of an Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contract awarded by ADNOC to NPCC, in consortium with TechnipFMC, for the Umm Lulu Package 2 Full Field Development (Process Facilities). ADNOC’s Umm Lulu Field will have an oil production capacity of more than 100,000 barrels per day in 2020, supporting the company’s strategy of increasing production capacity from 3 to 5 million bpd by 2030.
After the GWR title was announced, HE Dr. Mohamed Rashed Al Hameli, Chairman of NPCC, said: “Accomplishing the ULGTP at our yard in Musaffah is a statement on our strong local manufacturing competencies that add value to our partners. With a team of highly skilled Emirati professionals working on the project, the achievement has underpinned our credentials as one of the world’s leading EPC majors for the energy sector, capable of undertaking and delivering complex projects. The GWR will further inspire us to push our boundaries and support our partners in enhancing their operational ease and efficiency through state-of-the-art supporting infrastructure.”
Eng. Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO of NPCC, said: “The ULGTP project was indeed a challenging task, which called for seamless teamwork and collaboration. Our professionals raised the bar with this record-beating feat that adds to the pride of our nation. Through our projects, ‘Made in the UAE for the world’, we are committed to delivering on the vision of our leadership to boost localised manufacturing and strengthening the participation of skilled Emiratis in the technical sector. With this project, we have created exceptional in-country value and contributed to helping ADNOC achieve its strategic goals of enhancing production capacity.”
The ULGTP, already shipped to the site, mainly handles gas including compression, dehydration and sweetening. As consortium leader for the major Umm Lulu Field, NPCC is responsible for the detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, offshore installation, commissioning and start-up of a large offshore super complex.
The super complex also includes an Accommodation Platform (ULAP), Utilities Platform (ULUP), Water Disposal Platform (UMWDP), Separation Platform (ULSP), Riser Platform (ULRP) and the Gas Treatment Platform (ULGTP) – all made in the UAE by NPCC. The total weight of the super complex is over 102,648 metric tonnes (MT).
Quick Facts of the Umm Lulu Gas Treatment Platform
- Manufactured fully in the UAE at NPCC’s fabrication yard in Musaffah, Abu Dhabi
- Built as part of an EPC awarded by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to NPCC, in consortium with TechnipFMC, for the Umm Lulu Package 2 Full Field Development (Process Facilities)
- Weight of the platform: 32,000 Metric Tonnes
- Dimension: 77.7 metres x 83.5 metres.
- Nearly as tall as London’s Big Ben
- Function: Gas handling – compression, dehydration and sweetening
- Three decks – cellar, main deck and weather deck
- Total number of vendors – 500
NPCC (National Petroleum Construction Company), headquartered in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, is a world-class Engineering, Procurement and Construction Company that provides total EPC solutions to both the Offshore and Onshore Oil & Gas sectors.
Owned by Senaat, one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding companies owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, and Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), an international construction group, NPCC provides engineering, procurement, project management, fabrication, installation and commissioning to project owners and operators.
Since its inception in 1973, NPCC has expanded its geographic footprint globally and today operates in Arabian Gulf, South Asia and South East Asia, and has plans to expand its operations to Africa and Caspian region.
NPCC has built strong relationships with leading Operating Companies (OPCOs), National Oil Companies (NOCs) and International Oil Companies (IOCs), and has a team of over 1200 engineers, based in four engineering centres in Abu Dhabi - UAE, Mumbai and Hyderabad - India, and La Ciotat - France.
NPCC’s state-of-the-art fabrication facility in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, is spread over an area of 1.3 million sq. metres, and the yard can fabricate up to 100,000 metric tonnes of structural steel annually. The company owns a fleet of 22 offshore vessels equipped with modern facilities to support its shallow and deep water operations. It can lift structures weighing up to 4,200 MT and is also equipped for laying sub-sea cables and pipelines, up to 66 inches diameter; in water depths from 10 to 2,000 metres.
As of March 2019, NPCC has executed more than 1,190 EPC projects, laid over 6,199 km of pipeline and 1,374 km of subsea cables as well as installed more than 1,360 structures.
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