The Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations (Adco) has awarded a $334mn Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to the China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corp. (CPECC) for development of the Mender field, the UAE company says. The award, the first by the restructured Adco, is further proof of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to bolster relations with its key crude oil customers in Asia.

The contract, which was signed on 17 May, covers construction of gathering stations, pipelines and power transmission lines as well as sewage systems for the Mander field, which Adco says will add 20,000 b/d to onshore production capacity. The field, part of the South East cluster of onshore fields, is of strategic importance as Adco prepares to raise output capacity to 1.8mn b/d by 2017 from 1.6mn b/d currently. (CONTINUED - 523 WORDS)