UAE: EPC Adnoc’s Al Yasat Awards Contract to NPCC for Development of Offshore Field

Editor: Ahlam Rais

The contract has been awarded under Adnoc’s ‘In-Country Value programme’ through which the firm aims at feeding over half the value of the NPCC contract back into the local market, thus generating employment for the locals.

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The development of the offshore Bu Haseer field is expected to increase production capacity from 8,000 bpd to 16,000 bpd by 2020.
The development of the offshore Bu Haseer field is expected to increase production capacity from 8,000 bpd to 16,000 bpd by 2020.
(Source: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company)

Abu Dhabi/UAE – Al Yasat Company for Petroleum Operations (Al Yasat), a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract, for the full development of the offshore Bu Haseer field, to Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC).

The agreement covers engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning activities for offshore facilities, which will see production capacity from the Bu Haseer field increase from today’s 8,000 bpd to 16,000 bpd in 2020.

A key feature of the award is that over half the value of the NPCC contract will feed back into the local economy under Adnoc’s In-Country Value programme. The programme seeks to stimulate private sector partnerships and opportunities resulting from its 2030 growth strategy, catalyse socio-economic development, improve knowledge transfer and create additional employment for UAE nationals. It reinforces the company’s commitment to supporting local businesses and their role in driving economic diversification and GDP growth.

The Al Yasat joint venture includes two concession blocks, one offshore and one mixed onshore / offshore. The offshore block, in addition to Bu Haseer, includes a number of oil and gas fields currently under appraisal and development including Belbazem, Umm Al Dholou, and Umm Al Salsal. Bu Haseer is the first of these fields to be developed. The anticipated oil in place from the entire offshore block is 1.5 billion standard barrels. The onshore / offshore concession area is located to the south west of Abu Dhabi and Al Yasat is currently assessing this area’s full commercial potential.

Al Yasat, 60 % owned by Adnoc and 40 % by CNPC, was established in April 2014. Al Yasat was set up to conduct the exploration, drilling and maintenance of wells, as required for the extraction of crude oil from reservoirs, as well as construction, operation and maintenance of all the necessary production facilities, conversion, processing, measurement, storage, transfer and delivery of crude oil from production wells to delivery points, in addition to the marketing or exporting of crude oil.

The announcement comes just one month after the first shipment, from Das Island, of 50,000 barrels of Bu Haseer crude to China, loaded by CNPC.