ADNOC awards drilling contracts worth US$1.83bn

ADNOC Rig Photo reducedAbu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced the award of five framework agreements valued at US$1.83bn (AED6.72 bn) for directional drilling and logging while drilling (LWD) to support its efforts to expand production capacity

The framework agreements are the largest of such awards in the oil and gas industry, according to the company, and were awarded to Al Ghaith Oilfield Supplies and Services Company, Al Mansoori Directional Drilling Services, Schlumberger Middle East S.A, Halliburton Worldwide Limited Abu Dhabi and Weatherford Bin Hamoodah Company LLC, following a competitive tender process.

The awards cover ADNOC’s onshore and offshore fields and will run for five years with an option for a further two years. Over 75% of the award value could flow back into the UAE economy under ADNOC’s In-Country Value programme over the duration of the agreements.

Yaser Saeed Almazrouei, ADNOC upstream executive director, said, “As ADNOC responds to rising global energy demand, we are responsibly ramping up drilling activities to further unlock Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas resources which have some of the lowest carbon intensity in the world. These awards build on our ongoing investments in drilling services and they will deliver substantial in-country value for the nation to support economic growth and diversification, in line with the UAE Leadership’s wise directives.”

The framework agreement awards will support ADNOC’s requirement to drill thousands of new wells to expand its production capacity to 5mn bpd by 2030, enable gas self-sufficiency for the UAE and remain a leading low-cost, low-carbon oil producer. The awards will also enable hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings.

Since November 2021, ADNOC has awarded drilling agreements worth more than US$11bn (AED40.37bn) to top-tier contractors for wellheads and related components, downhole completion equipment and related services, liner hangers, cementing services, wireline logging and directional drilling.

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