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World’s largest offshore oil platforms inaugurated in UAE

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 27, 2019
Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, inaugurated one of the world’s largest offshore oil platforms the Umm Lulu Gas Treatment Plant (ULGTP).
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That was in the presence of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.

The platform was made in the UAE by the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a part of Senaat, for ADNOC.

The Umm Lulu Gas Treatment Platform (ULGTP), weighing 32,000 metric tonnes (MT), is one of five platforms fully manufactured by the NPCC at its fabrication yard in Musaffah, Abu Dhabi.

This is part of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract awarded by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to NPCC, in consortium with TechnipFMC, for the Umm Lulu Package 2 Full Field Development (Process Facilities).

The ULGTP will mainly handle gas including compression, dehydration and sweetening, and forms a key part of ADNOC’s Umm Lulu Field infrastructure.

The field will have an oil production capacity of more than 100,000 barrels per day in 2020, supporting ADNOC’s strategy of increasing it production capacity from 3 to 5 million bpd by 2030.

As consortium leader for the major Umm Lulu Field, NPCC is responsible for the detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, offshore installation, commissioning and start-up of a large offshore super complex.

The super complex includes an Accommodation Platform (ULAP), Utilities Platform (ULUP), Water Disposal Platform (UMWDP), Separation Platform (ULSP), Riser Platform (ULRP) and the Gas Treatment Platform (ULGTP) all made in the UAE by NPCC.

The total weight of the super complex is over 102,648 metric tonnes (MT).

Earlier, NPCC had commissioned eight platforms for Umm Lulu Package 1.

The two phases mark an investment of over AED 9.18 billion (US$2.5 billion).

The contract also includes the laying of over 2,555 kilometres of cable and 150 kilometres of pipeline by NPCC.

Substantial in-country value of the total investment supports UAE companies that are partnering in the development of the full-field.

Nearly as tall as London’s Big Ben, the ULGTP measures 77.7 metres x 83.5 metres.

It was built by a global team of experts including Emirati engineers and professionals.

All raw materials were predominantly sourced from within the UAE.

Emirates Steel was the major supplier of steel while the project was supported by over 35 specialised engineering studios and more than 500 suppliers.

The ULGTP will now set sail to the Umm Lulu Field, following which NPCC will undertake commissioning work, including the installation of the fixed platform using the float-over method.

NPCC’s manufacturing yard, which spans an area of over 1.3 million square metres, is the largest in the Middle East and can fabricate up to 100,000 MT of structural steel annually.