Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said it awarded engineering contracts for its offshore sour gas project to Bechtel and TechnipFMC.
ADNOC’s planned offshore ultra sour gas mega project consists of the Hail, Ghasha and Dalma fields. UK’s Bechtel was awarded Hail & Ghasha Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract and UAE’s TechnipFMC was awarded the Dalma FEED contract, ADNOC said in a statement.
The project, in the north-western offshore area of Abu Dhabi, could meet 20 per cent of the UAE’s gas demand by the second half of the next decade.
H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO said: “The growth in energy demand in Abu Dhabi, and the wider UAE, has prompted ADNOC to further harness its gas resources, as part of its 2030 smart growth strategy. This FEED award provides ADNOC with the potential to unlock additional undeveloped sour gas reserves and will allow us to deliver against our strategic objective to ensure a sustainable and economic supply of gas.”
ADNOC said it is also near awarding five technology licensors contracts covering gas treatment, sulphur recovery unit, natural gas liquids, condensates recovery (hydro treaters) and hydrogen generation. These technologies are critical to the successful execution of the FEED phase, the company said.
Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, director of ADNOC’s Upstream business said: “The decision to award the FEED contracts came after a rigorous and extremely competitive tendering process, ensuring we will strictly manage costs through working with contractors which can deploy effective engineering and robust value-add technologies. In progressing with these projects, we will create the potential to capitalise on our success and experience in ultra-sour gas production, gained from the development of the Shah field, the largest project of its kind in the world.”
From the start of the FEED phase, ADNOC said it will implement an integrated project delivery approach. This will enable it to reduce the project’s development time and cost, by integrating and involving all relevant stakeholders, including potential EPC bidders, major manufacturers and governmental bodies, who are critical to improve design quality, identify design’s uncertainties and enhance the precision of required engineering jobs.
The Hail, Ghasha and Dalma project taps into Abu Dhabi’s Arab formation, which is estimated to hold multiple trillions of cubic feet of recoverable gas and from which the project is expected to produce more than one billion cubic feet of gas per day (cfd), enough gas to provide to two million homes with electricity.
The awarding of FEED contracts follows the awarding of the project management consultancy and artificial islands design and survey contracts to Artelia and KBR, formerly Kellogg Brown and Root.
As part of ADNOC’s selection criteria for the FEED commercial evaluation process, the company carefully considered the extent to which bidders would help to drive in-country value (ICV) for the UAE, it said.