Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded a contract, worth AED2.01bn ($548m), to the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC ) to build a new main gas line at its Lower Zakum field offshore Abu Dhabi.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, awarded by ADNOC Offshore , is expected to increase the gas production capacity of the Lower Zakum field from 430 million to 700 million standard cubic feet per day.

Planned for completion in 2025, the project will involve the construction of a new subsea pipeline that runs from the Zakum West Super Complex to Das Island.

The scope of work also includes the construction, installation and testing of a new platform at the super complex and a new gas receiving facility at Das Island.

ADNOC expects the new pipeline to increase associated gas production capacity from the Lower Zakum field, which aims to produce 450,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.

The increased field production capacity is expected to contribute to Adnoc’s gas masterplan to help the country achieve gas self-sufficiency and meet global energy demands.

ADNOC upstream executive director Yaser Saeed Almazrouei said: “This contract award will enable us to produce more gas as we increase production capacity from [the] Lower Zakum field.

“This will support our integrated gas masterplan, which is driving competitive gas recovery to enable gas self-sufficiency for the UAE and industrial growth while also helping to meet the increasing global demand for energy.

“With over 75% in-country value resulting from the award, the project will further stimulate economic growth and create opportunities for the private sector, in line with the UAE Leadership’s wise directives.”