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Oct 2023: ADNOC announced the FID and award of contracts for the Hail and Ghasha Offshore Development project which is set to produce over 15 bcm of gas a year by 2030.


Sep 2022: ADNOC has awarded a US$548mm contract for a new gas line at the Lower Zakum field expected to almost double the field’s gas production capacity, increasing it from 4.4 bcm a year to 7.2 bcm a year. The field’s oil production capacity will increase to 450,000 bbls of oil per day by 2025.

Jul 2022: Eni (operator, 70%) and PTTEP (30%) have made another gas discovery in its first exploration well (XF-002) in Block 2, Abu Dhabi, in 35m of water. This gas discovery is in a deeper zone and has excellent flow rates. Fast-track development options are currently under evaluation.

Feb 2022: Eni’s (operator, 70%) with PTTEP (30%) reports gas in its exploration well, XF-002, drilling in Block 2, Abu Dhabi, in 35m of water. Interim results suggest significant volumes in multiple good quality Jurassic-age reservoirs. Drilling operations will continue to reach deeper targets of the Khuff and Pre-Khuff Formations.

Jan 2022: ADNOC will eventually invest US$946mm in the development of the Umm Shaif offshore field after awarding a Long-Term Development Plan, Phase 1 (LTDP-1) EPC contract to the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC). ADNOC plans to maintain Umm Shaif’s 275,000 barrels per day production capacity and enhance the long-term potential.


Dec 2021: INPEX (JODCO) has discovered multiple conventional oil, condensate and gas columns as a result of drilling an exploration well in Onshore Block 4 in Abu Dhabi. Block 4 lies in a coastal area and has no other discoveries.

Nov 2021: ADNOC awarded 2 EPC contracts for US$1.46 bn for Dalma, the world’s largest offshore sour gas project. It is in the Ghasha Concession and includes 4 wellhead towers, pipelines, and umbilicals in the Hair Dalma, Satah, and Bu Haseer fields as well as gas conditioning facilities for gas dehydration and compression on Arzanah Island. Production is expected to start in 2025 and eventually produce over 15 bcm a year of gas.

Oct 2021: ADNOC is planning the first phase of the Umm Shaif long-term development project (LTDP-1), to help ramp up Abu Dhabi’s oil production capacity to 5 mm bbls per day by 2030. The project aims to sustain oil production until 2028 at around 275,000 bpd. A second phase is intended to boost capacity to up to 360,000 bbls per day.

May 2021: ADNOC (60%) and CNPC (40%) joint venture (Al Yasat) awarded a US$744 mm contract to NPCC for the development of the Belbazem Offshore Block with first oil expected in 2023. The Block consists of 3 marginal fields (Belbazem, Umm Al Salsal, and Umm Al Dholou). The projectincludes 3  Well Head Towers and interconnecting pipelines tied back to Zirku Island.

Feb 2021: ADNOC signed a 100% exploration concession agreement, awarding Abu Dhabi’s Offshore Block 4 to Cosmo. This follows recent block awards to Occidental and Eni/PTTEP. The agreement includes investing up to US$145mm.

Jan 2021: Eni (50%) and SNOC (operator, 50%) announced production start-up of the Mahani gas and condensate field in onshore Concession Area B of the Sharjah Emirate. Production is sent through a new multiphase trunk line to the Sajaa Gas Plant. Production is expected to increase a further wells are drilled during 2021 and 2022.


Dec 2020: Eni (perator, 70%) and PTTEP (30%) signed a concession for 70% of Exploration Offshore Block 3 in the northwest  of Abu Dhabi. The block is the largest offered by ADNOC in May 2019 as part of Abu Dhabi’s 2nd Licensing Round. The exploration phase is up to 9 years and new 3D seismic data has already been acquired near existing producing fields.

Apr 2020: ADNOC has cancelled Petrofac’s Dalma gas development contract, worth US$1.5 bn, for engineering, procurement, construction, transportation, offshore installation and commissioning. The Dalma project is a part of the Ghasha ultra-sour gas concession.

Mar 2020: After OPEC and Russia failed to agree on production cuts, ADNOC said that it is in a position to supply the market with over 4 mmmbpd by April, and accelerate its planned 5 mmbpd capacity target. It will move from current retroactive pricing to a forward pricing mechanism for Murban crude.

Jan 2020: SNOC (operator, 50%) and ENI (50%) announced a gas and condensate discovery in the Mahani-1 well in the Area B Concession of onshore Sharjah awarded to Eni in the 1st Licensing Round by the Petroleum Council of Sharjah. The well drilled a gas-bearing limestone in the Lower Cretaceous Thamama Formation within a sub-thrust play of the Arabian carbonate platform in the inner thrust zone of the Oman Fold belt.

Jan 2020: The Minister of State and Group CEO of ADNOC reports that the company is on track to increase its oil production capacity to 4 mm bbls per day by the end of 2020.


May 2019: ADNOC, ExxonMobil and Inpex have awarded a US$8bn FEED contract for the Upper Zakum oil field including extended reach drilling to increase production capacity to 1 mm bbls per day by 2024. ADNOC has a  target of raising oil production capacity to 5 mm bbls per day by 2030. Extended reach drilling is scheduled to start on the Lower Zakum Concession in 2019 from the Al Ghallan artificial island.

May 2019: ADNOC launched its 2nd Bid Round of 5 blocks known as Offshore Block 3, 4, and 5, and Onshore Block 5 and 2. Block 2 has two licensing opportunities for conventional and unconventional oil and gas. Closing date for bids is end of November 2019.

Apr 2019: Eni (operator, 90%) has signed a PSC covering Block A offshore Ras Al Khaimah with the RAK Petroleum Authority. Block A covers an area of 2,412 sq kms.

Feb 2019: Dana Gas expects production from its Zora gas field to cease later in 2019. Zora was developed via a platform with a subsea pipeline to the shore but performance of the reservoir has been below expectations.

Jan 2019: PGNiG (operator) and RAK GAS signed an agreement the Ras Al Khaimah Petroleum Authority to explore in Block 5 in Ras al Khaimah. The licence area is 619 sq kms.

Jan 2019: Eni has been awarded Areas A, B & C Exploration Concession Agreements offered as part of the of the first Exploration Licensing Round launched by Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC) in 2018. They are located in the producing Thrust Zone play including a deep gas discovery below the Sajaa gas/condensate field in Area A.


Nov 2018: ADNOC announced a US$1.4 bn investment to upgrade and expand its Bu Hasa field, increasing total oil production capacity to 650,000 bbls per day by the end of 2020. It includes new pipeline networks and production hubs and conversion of 3 trains in a central degassing station. Bu Hasa is 200kms south of Abu Dhabi city. Production started in 1965.

Nov 2018: Total (operator, 40%) and ADNOC (60%) will launch an unconventional gas exploration program in the Diyab play that covers 6,000 sq kms west of the ADNOC Onshore concession in Abu Dhabi.

Nov 2018: The Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) approved ADNOC’s gas strategy and plans to increase oil capacity to 4 mm bbls per day by 2020 and 5 mm bbls per day by 2030. ADNOC will develop gas from the Hail, Ghasha and Dalma fields to produce over 15 bcm of gas each year and also look at other sources to sustain LNG production to 2040.

Sep 2018: OMV announced production from the Umm Lulu and SARB (Satah Al Razboot) offshore fields with an initial capacity of 50,000 bbls per day increasing to 215,000 bbls per day by 2023 including the SARB the satellite fields of Bin Nasher and Al Bateel. Early production in Umm Lulu started in 4Q 2016.

Apr 2018: The Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) and ADNOC launched the first ever licensing round in Abu Dhabi of 6 blocks, 2 offshore and 4 onshore. Some blocks have discoveries and all contain prospects and leads. They cover an area of up to 6,300 sq kms, and total 30,000 sq kms. The closing date for bids is October 2018 with awards in Q1 2019.

Apr 2018: Ras Al Khaimah launched its first Licensing Round offering 7 areas (Blocks 1 to 7), including four shallow water blocks and three onshore blocks covering almost the entire emirate. Block 2 contains the Saleh Field which was discovered in 1964 and produced gas from 1984 to 2016.

Mar 2018: Agreement has been reached for operation of the Al-Bunduq offshore oil field replacing the original agreement of March 1953. The field remains equally owned by Qatar and Abu Dhabi. Bunduq Co Ltd, fully owned by United Petroleum Development (Cosmo (45%), JX Nippon (45%) and Mitsui (10%), is operator. Al-Bunduq was discovered in 1965 and started production in 1975.


Nov 2017: ADNOC, ExxonMobil and Inpex have agreed to increase production capacity from the Upper Zakum oil field to 1mm bbls per day by 2024. Under the agreement ExxonMobil and Inpex have been granted a 10-year extension for the concession.

Nov 2017: ADOC, including Cepsa (20%) and Cosmo (operator, 80%) started oil production from the shallow water Hail oil field west of Abu Dhabi. Hail is the 4th field in the ADOC concession after Mubarraz (1973), Umm Al-Anbar (1989) and Neewat Al-Ghalan (1995). Hail, with 10 producing wells, is on an artificial island linked via subsea pipeline to export facilities on Mubarraz Island.

May 2017: Dana Gas (operator) says that average production from the Zora gas field off Sharjah has fallen by more than 15%, and has declined steadily since field operations began in February 2016.


Nov 2016: ADNOC plans to integrate the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co (ADMA-OPCO) and Zakum Development Co (ZADCO) into a single organization to deliver efficiencies in running concessions and fields, especially Zakum. The consolidation process should be concluded by early 2018.

Mar 2016: ADNOC, OMV, and Occidental have signed a contract covering undeveloped oil and gas fields in northwest offshore Abu Dhabi, including the Ghasha and Hail areas. A 4-year seismic, drilling and engineering work program is planned.

Feb 2016: Dana (100%) has started production from the Zora gas field offshore Sharjah and Ajman with peak output of 0.39 bcm each year planned. A fixed platform and pipeline convey gas to a new terminal in the Hamriyah Free Zone. Production will be used for power generation in Sharjah.

Jan 2016: Shell is to exit the joint development of the Bab sour gas reservoirs with ADNOC in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and to stop further joint work on the project..


Apr 2015: Abu Dhabi plans to invest over US$25 bn in the next 5 years to boost oil production capacity from offshore fields. ADNOC hopes to drill 160 offshore wells in each of the next 2 years. Current production for the ADMA-OPCO and ZADCO fields is 1.2 mm bbls per day which will rise to 1.6 mm. The Upper Zakum field will rise to a capacity of 750,000 bbls per day.

Feb 2015: ADNOC (70%) has signed an agreement with Occidental (30%) to develop the al-Hail and Ghasha oilfields. The agreement covers 3D seismic, appraisal wells and studies necessary for the fields' development. Occidental also holds 40% in the Al Hosn Gas project.

Feb 2015: INPEX (JODCO) (12%), along with ADNOC (operator, 60%), BP (14.67%) and Total (13.33%) started production from the Nasr Oil Field offshore  Abu Dhabi. Initially facilities of the Abu Al Bukoosh (ABK) and Umm Shaif Oil Fields and a pipeline to Das Island are being used. Full development (in progress) will lead to a peak rate of 65,000 bbls per day by 2018.

Jan 2015: Total has signed a new 40-year concession agreement (10%) covering the principal onshore oil fields of Abu Dhabi. The concession will be operated by the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations Limited (ADCO). Total will be Asset Leader for the Bu Hasa and Southeast (Sahil, Asab, Shah, Qusahwira and Mender) fields.


Oct 2014: Inpex (12%) announced that its subsidiary, Japan Oil Development (JODCO), has commenced oil production from the Umm Lulu field off Abu Dhabi with partners, ADNOC, BP and Total. It is using existing facilities of the Umm Al-Dalkh field and oil is transported via  an existing pipeline to Zirku Island. Peak production is planned at 105,000 bbls per day.

Oct 2014: Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE) announced Tuesday that it has found gas in its T-02 deep gas HP/HT exploration well. The well is located in the offshore Fateh field and drilled the Pre Khuff formation.

Jun 2014: Zubara, which owns 100% of the Sharjah Offshore block, has received an extension to its Concession Agreement to start activities leading to the drilling of an exploration well by 3Q 2015.

Jan 2014: Dubai Petroleum has let a contract to Technip for a second platform on the Jalila oil field; a 2010 discovery made in the sidetrack of a reentered 1986 hole. The field lies 90 km offshore, east of small Rashid field, in a water depth of 60 m.The first platform, an unmanned wellhead unit and pipeline to an existing offshore processing facility, was installed in 2011.

Jan 2014: The onshore Shah gas project will not be operational until early 2015. The project involves processing around 10 bcm of sour gas into 5 bcm of usable gas. It will also produce significant volumes of condensate. ADNOC holds 60% in the joint venture (Al Hosn Gas) along with Occidental (40%).


Nov 2013: Dana has been awarded a US$17 mm contract for fabrication of a platform for the US$160 mm Zora Field which spans the territorial waters of Sharjah and Ajman in a water depth of 24m. The project will transport gas through a 35km subsea pipeline to an onshore gas processing facility in Sharjah. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2015.

Apr 2013: Petrofac has been awarded an EPIC contract by ADMA-OPCO for the Satah Al Razboot (SARB) package 3 project offshore the northwest coast Abu Dhabi for delivery by 2016. Drilling will be conducted from two artificial islands (SARB1 and SARB2) with fluids sent by subsea pipeline to a facility on Zirku Island for processing, storage and export.

Mar 2013: ADNOC has selected Shell to operate the Bab sour-gas field over Total in a US$10 bn deal. The Bab field will produce around 5 to 8 bcm of gas per day but contains 15% hydrogen sulphide. Shell proposes exporting the sulphur.

Feb 2013: Dana Gas has reached an agreement with the emirates of Sharjah and Ajman to develop the offshore Zora gas field. Zora lies 33 kms from shore and will be produced via a single platform linked to onshore processing facilities. The field will provide gas for power generation in the northern emirates.

Feb 2013: DNO plans to start redevelopment of the Saleh field, 45 kms offshore Ras al Khaimah. Saleh came onstream in 1983 and  comprises 6 platforms with 7 wells. It produced at peak in the mid 1980s but output is now very small due to pressure depletion and water breakthrough. DNO will re-enter most of the wells and upgrade 4 platforms. Production will be sent to the onshore RAK gas processing plant via an existing pipeline.


Oct 2012: Abu Dhabi's US$10 bn Shah gas project will be completed in late 2014 (GS notes: 2015 is more likely). Shah’s installation facilities are 60% complete and 20% of the drilling is finished. The project, 180 kms from the capital, is expected to produce over 5 bcm of gas a year plus condensates, NGLs and sulphur. Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company is operator with Occidental.

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