Client: Zakum Development Company (ZADCO)
Project value: US$3.7 billion, in consortium with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME). Petrofac’s share is valued at US$2.9 billion
Location: 80 km off the coast of Abu Dhabi
In April 2013, Petrofac was awarded a contract by ZADCO for the Upper Zakum, UZ750 field development. We are working in partnership with DSME and co-ordinating more than 30 specialist sub-contractors.
The UZ750 project is one of the major offshore field development projects in the UAE. It is located 80 km off the coast of Abu Dhabi, and is being constructed on artificial islands. It’s a particularly unique hybrid – a huge onshore project requiring an unusual blend of offshore skills and disciplines.
The project comprises engineering, procurement, modules and buildings fabrication, transportation, construction and commissioning of island surface facilities (EPC-2) on four artificial islands. Specifically, this will include:
On a project of this scale you would expect to see at least 10,000 people and hundreds of acres of storage. But, at Upper Zakum’s isolated island sites, space is at a real premium – and it all needs to be done differently.
Everything is corralled into distinct phases, and almost 50% of the fabrication work takes place more than 6,000 km away in South Korea, Singapore and China. The construction sequence on the islands is the driver to the engineering, procurement and module fabrication sequence and delivery from the yards. With some modules weighing in at more than 3,000 tonnes, precision planning is vital. Expertise in logistics is just as important as engineering prowess.
The project is scheduled for completion by the end of December 2017.