ADNOC awards US$744mn contract for full field development of the Belbazem offshore block

Al Yasat Petroleum Offshore RigThe Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded a US$744mn contract for the full field development of the Belbazem Offshore Block, underscoring its drive to unlock and maximise value from all of Abu Dhabi’s fields as it expands its oil production capacity to five million barrels per day (mmbpd) by 2030

Located 120km northwest of Abu Dhabi city, the Belbazem Block consists of three so-called marginal offshore fields; Belbazem, Umm Al Salsal, and Umm Al Dholou.

The EPC contract award follows a competitive tender process and will see 65% of the award value flow back into the UAE economy under ADNOC’s In-Country Value (ICV) program, highlighting how ADNOC continues to prioritise ICV as it delivers its 2030 strategy. 

Yaser Saeed Almazrouei, ADNOC Upstream executive director, said, “NPCC was selected after a rigorous tender process that ensures it will deploy best-in-class technology and expertise to execute this strategic project, with a substantial part of the award value flowing back into the UAE’s economy to stimulate local economic growth, in line with the wise directives of our leadership.”

The scope of the award covers engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning activities for the offshore facilities required to enable full production capacity of 45,000 bpd of light crude with API gravity of around 35 degrees and 27 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of associated gas from Belbazem. First oil is expected in 2023. 

As part of the process leading up to the EPC award, Al Yasat undertook a front-end engineering design (FEED) competition among the bidders to optimise the project. This initiative reduced the originally scheduled tender time by up to 12 months through removing the need for the technical bidding process for the EPC stage and has enabled savings of approximately US$190mn in capital expenditure (CAPEX). 

Shaheen Al Mansoori, acting CEO of Al Yasat, said, “The FEED competition and EPC award for the Belbazem Offshore Block highlight Al Yasat’s focus on costs and competitive approach to ensure we can commercially develop our concession areas and deliver long-term and sustainable value for ADNOC and our partner CNPC. Al Yasat will continue to drive cost efficiencies as we unlock value from those of Abu Dhabi’s fields which are comparatively smaller and require a lean operating model to optimise their production and value potential.” 

The project scope includes three offshore Well Head Towers (WHTs), one in each of the Block’s three fields, interconnecting sub-sea pipelines, and cables to Zirku Island, located around 60km from Belbazem field. The scope also covers the development of greenfield facilities for water injection, produced water treatment, gas compression, and associated utilities as well as brownfield works for tie-in to existing facilities at Zirku Island.

Al Yasat’s concession areas cover two blocks; one offshore and one mixed onshore/offshore. The offshore block includes oil fields at Bu Haseer, Belbazem, Umm Al Salsal, Umm Al Dholou, and Arzanah while the onshore/offshore block is located southwest of Abu Dhabi city. The company is focused on exploring and developing both concession areas using a lean operating model. Bu Haseer is the first of Al Yasat’s fields to come online following the start of production in 2018.

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