LCR building

Specialist Services is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded a contract from Petrofac for the provision of Local Equipment Rooms (LER) and Local Control Rooms (LCR) for the Upper Zakum 750 Island Surface Facilities Project (EPC 2). This follows a previous award for the same development by Leighton Offshore to Specialist Services for the island’s harbour house buildings.

Petrofac is a leading international service provider for the oil and gas industry. Its Petrofac Emirates operation in Abu Dhabi, in consortium with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, has a contract for engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and commissioning of island surface facilities on four artificial islands with the Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) for its UZ 750 field development project in Abu Dhabi. Petrofac has subcontracted to Specialist Services the provision of LERs and LCRs. All buildings will be installed on the Abu Dhabi ZADCO Upper Zakum Offshore Field located in the Arabian Gulf, 84km from Abu Dhabi.

Specialist Services Group sales and marketing director Chris Ridley said: "This is a very large and demanding project that we are proud to have been selected to execute. Our unique capabilities in terms of our in-house engineering, strong project management, in-house fabrication and ideally located waterfront facilities ensured we were viewed by Petrofac as the ideal partner to complete this complex project."

Following the Letter of Award from 18 December 2013, a contract was signed on 2 April 2014 for the design, engineering, fabrication and supply of eight LER and four LCR buildings. The scope of work includes detailed design, engineering, fabrication, commissioning and load-out of the 12 modules with total built-up weight of 8,170t.

"We are keen to continue our strong performance in terms of quality and on-time delivery with this new project."

The Specialist Services scope includes structural, architectural, electrical, HVAC and fire and gas works, as well as the installation of all client free issue electrical and control equipment. A dedicated project management team has been appointed for the execution of the project. The detailed engineering of the buildings will be completed by the company’s in-house multi-disciplined engineering resource using the latest software support, including TEKLA for the structural steel design to produce accurate weights and detailed connection details, and PDMS software for complete modelling and inter-disciplinary clash-checking. All buildings will be fabricated and loaded out from the Specialist Services waterfront facility in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.

Chris Ridley added: "Having already completed successful projects as part of the UZ 750 project, we are keen to continue our strong performance in terms of quality and on-time delivery with this new project."

The first steel-cutting ceremony took place on 28 August 2014 at the Specialist Service facility in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi. The project is expected to be completed by August 2016.