July 1 - Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) has awarded an EPC contract to National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), an Abu Dhabi government-controlled oil-services company, to carry out the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC

The contract is valued at USD 350 million and the project is scheduled for completion by September 2012. The ZCSC Demothballing Project is part of a programme aimed at enhancing the oil production capacity from Zakum field progressively from 2012 onwards. In order to achieve this, the additional surface facilities required for this objective are being de-mothballed and re-commissioned at the production facilities at the Zakum Central Super Complex, which were shutdown and subsequently mothballed in the early 1980s.

The work comprises detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up assistance for major complex brown field works on Zakum Central Complex and a new accommodation platform (NAP) comprising an 80-bed living quarters module. The NAP module, which weighs approximately 3,500 tonnes, will be installed using the float over methodology. It also consists of installation of five boat landings on piles and a bridge connecting the main ZCSC complex with the new accommodation module.

Meanwhile, NPCC intends to invest USD400 million in an expansion of its fleet after placing an order with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry for a heavylift pipelay ship. It is scheduled for delivery by Q3 2012.