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Foster Wheeler awarded PMC contract by Abu Dhabi Gas Industries

Posted: 31 January 2005

Foster Wheeler Ltd subsidiary, Foster Wheeler International Corporation, has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) contract by Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd (GASCO) for the development of the world-scale Onshore Gas Development Project (OGD-III) to increase production of condensate and natural gas liquids (NGLs) at Habshan, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The terms of the award were not disclosed. The project was included in third-quarter 2004 bookings.

The project, which will be carried out by Foster Wheeler's UK office, is one of the three GASCO projects (the other two being the AGD-II and 3rd NGL Train, Ruwais facilities) in a suite of five integrated projects being undertaken in conjunction with GASCO sister companies ADCO (for gas gathering and reinjection) and TAKREER (for condensate storage and shipping).

The whole suite of projects is on behalf of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

"We are delighted to be awarded this contract by GASCO," said Steve Davies, senior vice president, Foster Wheeler International Corporation, and chairman and chief executive officer, Foster Wheeler Energy Limited. "This award continues Foster Wheeler's involvement in the project as PMC for the FEED and EPC bid/evaluation stages. It builds on our wealth of PMC experience and expertise in managing large, complex projects in upstream gas processing, and our long and successful track record in the Middle East. Foster Wheeler is proud to assist GASCO in the development of this prestigious investment program within the UAE gas business sector."

As PMC, Foster Wheeler's role is to manage the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor whose activities will also include commissioning and final handover of the new OGD-III facilities at Habshan.

The new facilities will recover condensate and NGL from well fluids from the Thamama F gas reservoir. Included in the scope is a new pipeline for transporting NGL to GASCO's new NGL facilities at Ruwais (the 3rd NGL Train project) for further separation into ethane, propane, butane and C5+ product streams. Lean gas will be reinjected back into the reservoir at Habshan. Stabilized condensate will be pumped to the Ruwais facilities of the TAKREER refinery for storage/shipping. Mechanical completion is expected in 2007.

"This is a key project for GASCO and ADNOC, requiring the utmost from our contractors and suppliers to deliver quality facilities," commented Mohammed Sahoo, general manager, Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd (GASCO). "We expect a faultless start-up that will be the foundation for a successful 30-year operating period. We are pleased that Foster Wheeler will be with us as PMC during this challenging EPC phase."

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