Upper Zakum pipe racks head to offshore Abu Dhabi site

Offshore staff

LONDON – A consortium of Petrofac Emirates - a joint venture between Petrofac and Nama Project Services - and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have shipped out the first two modules for ZADCO’s Upper Zakum, UZ750 field development offshore Abu Dhabi.

Gulf Piping Co. W.L.L. fabricated the two pipe racks, which departed its yard in Mussafah on an 80-km (49.7-mi) sea voyage to the project’s south island. The consignment has a total weight of more than 800 metric tons (882 tons) with the largest module around 60 m (197 ft) long.

ZADCO awarded Petrofac and DSME the $3.7-billion contract for the project in 2013. The duo’s duties include coordinating contributions from more than 30 sub-contractors.

The UZ750 project, 80 km offshore Abu Dhabi, involves routing production to new facilities on four artificial islands. These will include cluster manifolds, crude oil process facilities, water injection and gas lift, oil export pumps, power generation, and associated utilities.

Close to 50% of the fabrication is taking place in South Korea, Singapore, and China.

Petrofac expects start-up during 2017.


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