Abu Dhabi state firm Adnoc has awarded a $1.36bn contract to local firm National Marine Dredging Company to construct artificial islands for the Ghasha sour gas concession (Adnoc 60%, Eni 25%, Wintershall 10%, OMV 5%). The offshore concession is targeting 1.6bn cfd by 2024 and is a mammoth project. “Pipelines, islands, wells, you name it. It is a very complex project,” Adnoc upstream chief Abdulmunim al-Kindy said in November (MEES, 16 November 2018).

The project entails the construction of 10 artificial islands – eight at the Ghasha field and two at Hail – as well as the expansion of an existing island at Hail, and construction of two causeways. Adnoc says the islands will “provide significant cost and environmental benefits” and notes that development of the Upper Zakum field entailed construction of four artificial islands. (CONTINUED - 125 WORDS)