ADNOC’s massive new offshore oil platform gets royal treatment
His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has inaugurated one of the world’s largest offshore oil platforms – the Umm Lulu Gas Treatment Plant (ULGTP).
The platform was made in the UAE by the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a part of Senaat, for ADNOC and weighs 32,000 metric tonnes (MT). It is one of five platforms fully manufactured by the NPCC at its fabrication yard in Musaffah, Abu Dhabi.
This is part of an Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contract 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).
The ULGTP will mainly handle gas including compression, dehydration and sweetening, and forms a key part of ADNOC’s Umm Lulu Field infrastructure. The field will have an oil production capacity of more than 100,000 barrels per day in 2020, supporting ADNOC’s strategy of increasing it production capacity from 3 to 5 million bpd by 2030.
“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 Mohamed Rashed Al Hameli, Chairman of NPCC.
“Building on our legacy of 46 years of operations in Abu Dhabi, and through our global engineering centres, we are pioneers in meeting the various requirements of the oil and gas sector in the UAE and the region.”
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 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).
NPCC has commissioned eight platforms for Umm Lulu Package 1. The two phases mark an investment of over AED 9.18 billion (US$2.5 billion). The contract also includes the laying of over 2,555 kilometres of cable and 150 kilometres of pipeline by NPCC.
Substantial in-country value of the total investment supports UAE companies that are partnering in the development of the full-field.
The ULGTP will now set sail to the Umm Lulu Field, following which NPCC will undertake commissioning work, including the installation of the fixed platform using the float-over method.
NPCC’s manufacturing yard, which spans an area of over 1.3 million square metres, is the largest in the Middle East and can fabricate up to 100,000 MT of structural steel annually.