US engineering firm McDermott International has been contracted by Saudi Aramco to provide engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of four jackets and three gas observation platforms in offshore Saudi Arabia.

The combined weight of all the structures is 11,595t.

McDermott Middle East and Caspian vice-president Linh Austin said: “As the third fast-track jacket contract from Saudi Aramco in the last 18 months, this award is a testament to McDermott's successful performance on previous fast-track projects for Saudi Aramco.

“McDermott's fully integrated EPCI solution provides Saudi Aramco schedule certainty, one of their key drivers, while helping them meet their aggressive schedule.”

In 2015, McDermott received a contract from Saudi Aramco for the EPCI of 12 jackets, which it successfully delivered last year.

"McDermott’s fully integrated EPCI solution provides Saudi Aramco schedule certainty, while helping them meet their aggressive schedule."

McDermott is currently executing the second EPCI contract for Saudi Aramco that requires nine jackets offshore Saudi Arabia. It expects to complete the project by the third quarter of this year.

The contract will be recorded in the company’s fourth quarter of 2016 backlog. This work is expected to be carried out through the fourth quarter of 2017.

For this project, McDermott intends to employ its engineering teams from Dubai; Chennai, India; and Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Construction will take place at its fabrication facilities in Dubai and Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Vessels from McDermott's global fleet will perform the installation work.

With employee strength of nearly 12,400, McDermott provides EPCI services for upstream field developments. It operates in approximately 20 countries, owning a fleet of specialty marine construction vessels, fabrication facilities and engineering offices.