AMEC Bags 5-Year Offshore Program Management Gig in Abu Dhabi

AMEC plc has been awarded a five-year program management consultancy (PMC) contract by Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The reimbursable contract is estimated to be worth US $75 million over the five years -- the largest oil-related PMC contract ever awarded by ZADCO.

AMEC will provide engineering, consultancy and project management services extending from concept stage through front-end engineering design (FEED), design, construction and commissioning of several projects on the multi-billion dollar Upper Zakum full field development program. The program began in 2007 and is expected to be completed by 2013.

Among the projects in which AMEC will be involved are the replacement of the 60-kilometer main subsea oil pipeline, expansion of onshore/offshore gas treatment facilities, development of the east and west areas of the field, and a major program of work to increase offshore crude production capacity from 500,000 to 750,000 barrels per day.

"This contract on one of the world's major offshore fields is another significant step in our strategic growth plans in the Middle East and North Africa region," said Tony Cruddas, President - Growth Regions, AMEC's Natural Resources division. "Our offshore expertise from around the world, our PMC experience in the Middle East, together with our Convero program management system, were key factors in winning the contract, which we hope will lead to further work in the region."

Upper Zakum is the most important of ZADCO's fields. Located 84 kilometers offshore to the north west of Abu Dhabi islands, the field covers approximately 1,200 square kilometers of the Arabian Gulf. It is part of the Zakum field, the second largest field in the Gulf and the fourth largest field in the world.