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ADNOC awards US 1.36 billion contract for construction of Ghasha concession artificial islands

07 February 2019 , 14:56Neftegaz.RU470

Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 7 - Neftegaz.RUADNOC awards contract to build multiple artificial islands in the first phase of development of the Ghasha Concession.

ADNOC awards contract to build multiple artificial islands in the first phase of development of the Ghasha Concession.

ADNOC reported this on February 6, 2019.


The contract awarded to the UAE’s National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) is valued at AED 5 billion (US 1.36 billion).

Under the terms of the contract, NMDC will construct 10 new artificial islands and two causeways, as well as expand an existing island, Al Ghaf.

The project is expected to take 38 months to complete and will provide the infrastructure required to further develop, drill and produce gas from the sour gas fields in the Ghasha Concession.

At peak construction, the project is expected to employ over 3,500 people.


Artificial islands provide significant cost and environmental benefits, particularly in shallow water, by enabling the use of lower-cost land-drilling rigs instead of high-cost offshore jack-up drilling rigs.

They also provide greater flexibility for extended reach drilling when compared to offshore rigs.

The use of artificial islands will eliminate the need to dredge over 100 locations for wells and provide additional habitats for marine life.

ADNOC has a proven record of developing artificial islands, including the construction of four artificial islands for the Upper Zakum expansion project.

ADNOC’s Upper Zakum field is the second-largest offshore oil field and the fourth-largest oilfield in the world.  


The Ghasha Concession consists of the Hail, Ghasha, Dalma, Nasr and Mubarraz offshore sour gas fields.

The names of the new islands in the Ghasha Concession were drawn from pearl diving sites in the area and reflect the rich history and culture of the region.

They are Ghanem, Sawalem, Chananiz, Mudaifena, Reeah, Seebeh, Seemeh, Shalhah, Jzool and Duroob. 

ADNOC recently awarded stakes in the Ghasha Concession to Italy’s Eni (25%), Germany’s Wintershall (10%) and Austria’s OMV (5%).

The mega-project is expected to produce over 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day when it comes on stream around the middle of the next decade, enough to provide electricity to more than two million homes.

In addition, more than 120,000 barrels per day of oil and high-value condensates are expected to be produced.


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