Oil production has started from the Umm Lulu oil field offshore Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inpex, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), BP and Total have jointly developed the field, which is situated 30km north-west of Abu Dhabi City.

Under the initial development phase, Inpex started oil production from the field by using existing facilities of the nearby Umm Al-Dalkh oil field.

Full field development is presently in progress, and upon completion, the field is expected to produce 105,000 barrels of oil per day.

"Upon completion, the field is expected to produce 105,000 barrels of oil per day."

The oil produced in the first development phase is transported through an existing subsea pipeline to Zirku Island, and eventually it will be supplied to customers in Japan and other Asian countries as Upper Zakum Crude.

The Umm Lulu field is being developed as part of ADNOC’s initiative to reach 1.75 million barrels of offshore crude oil production per day by 2017.

It is part of the plan to increase Abu Dhabi’s total crude daily oil production to 3.5 million barrels.

The front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the Umm Lulu field was completed in 2011.

The field is being developed in two phases with the first to include initial production via brownfield modification of two existing wellhead towers.

Phase two of the development includes installation of six new wellhead towers and construction of a super complex consisting of six bridge linked platforms.

It includes a gas treatment platform, a separation platform, a riser platform, a utilities platform, an accommodation platform, a water disposal platform and two flare platforms.