Upper Zakum Oil Field

Summary Information

  • Operator: ZADCO (ADNOC)
  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Offshore
  • Production start:
  • Partners:
  • Type: Oil
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume: Currently producing more than half a million barrels a day


  • Located 84 Kms. north west of Abu Dhabi Islands , UZ field covers around 1,200 sq Kms of the Gulf marine areas.
  • Zakum field is the second largest field in the Gulf and the fourth largest field in the World.
  • The field comprises four artificial islands with associated drilling and production facilities
  • The Zirku Oil Processing Plant at Zirku Island comprise three oil processing trains and one train on stand-by.
  • There is a development project under way. This project aims at increasing by 2015 the oil production of the Upper Zakum field (located in the Gulf, 84 kilometers offshore Abu Dhabi) to 750,000 barrels of oil per day and to sustain this production target for at least 25 years


  • REL: Construction of Upper Zakum Modules
  • ETPM: Installation of Pipelines
  • AMEC: Engineering, consultancy and project management services extending from concept stage through front-end engineering design (FEED), design, construction and commissioning of several projects
  • McDermott: Water Injection Capacity & Pressure Upgrade Project - Engineering, procurement, construction, installation
UZ 750 project
  • Technip:
    • front-end engineering design for process units on four artificial islands, including gas separation, gas lift compression, booster gas compression, as well as power generation, utilities, interconnecting pipelines and modification of existing facilities,
    • procurement services for long lead items.
  • Foster Wheeler: Availability and reliability study for the expansion of the Zirku oil processing facilities
  • TWMA: design, commission and operate an advanced solids control and fluid recovery system for the artificial islands project


  • 1963 - Oil Discovered in Upper Zakum field
  • 2008 - AMEC wins five-year offshore programme management consultancy contract
  • 2011 - Technip awarded FEED for UZ 750 project
  • 2014 - Technip awarded contract to replace pipelines



  1. ZADCO
  2. International Protective Coatings Platform References
  3. McDermott Platform References
  4. Serimax Pipeline References
  5. AMEC wins five-year offshore programme management consultancy contract, Abu Dhabi
  6. Technip awarded Offshore contract in the United Arab Emirates
  7. Foster Wheeler Awarded Availability and Reliability Study by ZADCO in the UAE
  8. Technip-NPCC consortium awarded important contract for the Upper Zakum field in Abu Dhabi
  9. Flagship project leads to Middle East growth for TWMA
  10. ADMA-OPCO selects Technip for Project Management Consultancy services for the Zakum field offshore Abu Dhabi
  11. Amec Foster Wheeler wins Upper Zakum Field contract extension

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