ALE finalizing module shipments for Upper Zakum expansion

Offshore staff

HIXON, UKALE is preparing for final load-out operations for the Upper Zakum 750 Island Surface Facilities (UZ750) project, 84 km (52 mi) offshore Abu Dhabi.

The contractor is delivering almost 100 different modules to the north, south, central and west artificial islands supporting the Zakum oil field development.

These comprise pipe racks, process modules, buildings and substations, weighing 120-4,700 tons, with some modules more than 50 m (164 ft) long.

ALE is delivering these from various fabrication yards on the Arabian Peninsula to the project site on the islands.

The process involves weighing, land and marine transportation, load-ins, load-outs and installation, and the use of a range of transport equipment including weightors, conventional trailers, and external/internal ballast systems.

Operations started in October 2015 and ALE has to date delivered all 29 modules offshore to the south island and 38 modules out of 40 for the north island, with the final 26 awaiting delivery for the west island. All deliveries are expected to be completed in mid-2017.

The UZ750 project is involves the construction of four artificial islands, with the central island housing the processing facilities and the north, west and south islands acting as satellite platforms.

This should increase oil production capacity from the UAE by 750,000 b/d in 2017, sustainable for 25 years.


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