30km north-west of Abu Dhabi in the Persian Gulf
Umm Lulu field is located in the Arabian Gulf 30km north-west of Abu Dhabi, UAE. The offshore oil field is being developed by Adma-Opco, a joint venture of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc, 60%), BP (14.67%), Total (13.33%) and Japan Oil Development Company (Jodco, 12%).
The front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the project was completed in 2011. The field development was divided into two phases.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for both phases was awarded by August 2013. The project was completed in 2018.
Production from the field began in October 2014 using existing facilities of the nearby Umm Al-Dalkh Oil Field. The field is expected to produce up to 105,000 barrels of crude oil a day when fully developed.
The Umm Lulu field is being developed as part of Adnoc’s strategic initiative to reach 1.75 million barrels of offshore crude oil production a day by 2017. It is part of the plan to increase Abu Dhabi’s total crude oil production to 3.5 million barrels a day. The production target follows the agreed respective quota by the oil-producing member countries of OPEC.
Nasr and Satah Al Razboot (SARB), two other offshore fields operated by Adma-Opco, are being developed along with Umm Lulu, as part of the plan. Adma-Opco aims to add 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil production with the development of the three fields. It is planning to increase its daily crude oil production capacity from the current 600,000 barrels to approximately one million barrels by 2020.
The Umm Lulu field is being developed in two phases. The first phase of development includes the initial production through brownfield modification of two existing wellhead towers.
The second phase involves the installation of six new wellhead towers and the construction of a super-complex consisting of six bridge-linked platforms, including gas treatment, separation, riser, utility, accommodation, water disposal and two flare platforms.
The six platforms, associated jackets, flares and bridges will reach over 66,000t in weight. The platforms will be installed using the float-over method, which entails a major portion of hook-up and pre-commissioning work to be completed onshore before load-out into the sea.
The work also includes 90km of infield subsea pipelines, 125km of main oil lines and 100km of fibre-optic cables.
The fluid output of the field will be transferred via an export pipeline to Zirku Island for processing. Umm Lulu will be tied into Adma-Opco’s Satah Al Razboot (SARB) offshore oil field for processing the output at the Zirku Island facilities.
Fluor was awarded the FEED contract for the project in the first quarter of 2010.
The international engineering and project management company AMEC was awarded the project management consultancy (PMC) services contract for the Umm Lulu Phase I execution in March 2012.
The National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) of the UAE was awarded the EPC contract for the first phase of the project in June 2013.
A consortium comprised of NPCC and Technip was awarded a $1.69bn EPC contract for the Umm Lulu Phase II in August 2013.
Technip’s share in the contract is 35%. Technip will be responsible for engineering. NPCC will carry out the fabrication and installation of processing facilities at the field.
AMEC won awarded a five-year project management contract worth $124m for Phase II in December 2013.
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