Dredging International and MEDCO to build artifical islands offshore Abu DhabiNews // February 8, 2011
The islands will be used for drilling rather than using driling rigs.
Dredging International and MEDCO have been awarded a contract for the dredging and civil engineering works required to build two artificial 'energy islands' for the Satah al-Razboot (SARB) offshore oilfield. Dredging International is part of the DEME group in Belgium.
The islands will be used as drilling platforms. Their design and implementation is based on a full environmental impact assessment study.
The new islands will be located 120km off the northwest coast of Abu Dhabi City. A contract to build them was sogned on February 7th during the official mission of the Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters to Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
Said DEME: "The award of this contract, which requires a wide range of dredging and complex marine construction skills, gives further proof of the versatility of the services offered by MEDCO in the Middle East and DEME on worldwide level."
"Interesting prospects exist for instance in offshore European coastal areas, amongst others in the North Sea, for the construction of small-scale multipurpose artificial service islands for the maintenance of offshore wind farms and other marine structures related to the production of renewable energy."
The contract was awarded by Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), which is part of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Work is scheduled to start in mid-February 2011.
The contract involves engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and will start with approximately five months of engineering, preparation and logistics acitivites.
The contract is due to be completed in 110 weeks, and requires reclamation of two 500m x 500m artificial islands and concrete armour units and armour rock.
The work scope includes design and model testing, dredging and reclamation, compaction of the reclaimed site, construction of the shore protection structures, construction of harbours from concrete block walls and installation of navigational aids.
The work will require the deployment of trailing suction hopper dredgers, offloading and positioning pontoons, crane pontoons, transport barges and heavy earth moving equipment. A work force of over 500 people will be required for the execution of the project.