Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 November 2019

Abu Dhabi's Umm Lulu field to exceed capacity of 100,000 barrels a day by 2020

UAE energy services company NPCC built one of the world's largest oil platforms to support gas compression at the field

The Umm Lulu oil platform seen at NPCC's 1.3 million sq ft manufacturing yard, the largest in the Middle East. Pawan Singh / The National
The Umm Lulu oil platform seen at NPCC's 1.3 million sq ft manufacturing yard, the largest in the Middle East. Pawan Singh / The National

Abu Dhabi’s offshore Umm Lulu field will exceed capacity of 100,000 barrels per day by 2020, as part of efforts to raise overall output to 5 million bpd by 2030.

Work is under way at the offshore field, which has Austria’s OMV and Spain's Cepsa as partners with the provision of a 32,000 metric tonne platform manufactured by UAE company NPCC to support gas compression.

The platform will also handle dehydration and sweetening of gas.

Current production from fields operated by state owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is at 3 million bpd capacity, with efforts underway to raise it to 4 million bpd by 2020.

"The completion of this key infrastructure asset marks another significant milestone for Adnoc as we drive oil production capacity towards 4 million bpd by end of 2020, delivering on our smart growth strategy and meeting increasing global demand for energy,” said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Adnoc group chief executive and UAE Minister of State.

The platform, which is nearly as tall as London’s Big Ben is one of five such platforms manufactured by NPCC. The UAE company, which is part of Abu Dhabi industrial holding company Senaat, had earlier built eight platforms worth a collective investment of Dh9.18 billion to support the Umm Lulu field. The company also supported associated infrastructure including laying of 2,555 kilometres of cable and 150km of pipeline.

The platform, which was manufactured with steel supplied by Emirates Steel, also a Senaat company, will be installed at Umm Lulu using a float-over method.

"The ULGTP project is the largest to date undertaken by NPCC and was led by a team of passionate Emirati nationals committed to achieving the nation’s vision to be one of the best countries in the world in exporting energy solutions,” said NPCC chairman Mohamed Al Hameli.

The engineering feat was executed by NPCC in consortium with French contractor Technip at the company’s 1.3 million square metre industrial manufacturing yard. It is one of the largest in the Middle East and oversees consumption of around 100,000 metric tonnes of structural steel annually.

Updated: June 28, 2019 02:56 AM

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