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Project Description & Scope

ZADCO, a subsidiary of ADNOC, awarded NMDC the project of building four industrial islands in the Zakum Offshore field. This project was a part of ZADCO’s plan for developing the petroleum operations of Zakum to enhance oil productivity. 

The contract awarded to NMDC amounting to AED 2.3 billion. consisted of :
- 23,500,000 m3 for dredging and leveling operations.
- 23,500,000 m3 for ground amelioration.
- 7,000,000 tons of stones, artificial fabrics and concrete units for beach protection works..
- 90,000 Units, 270,000 m3 of Concrete Armour Units.
- 1,720 m of Quay wall
- Four ports and protective breakers.

The artificial islands are falcon-shaped, with dimensions of 710m or 650m by 480m for the satellite islands and 1,200m by 600m for the central island. The islands are located in an offshore oil field with a depth ranging from six to thirteen meters. 

The scope also includes the design and construct of a turn-key camp on one of the islands to facilitate quality accommodation for 1,000 people working on the islands, including all auxiliary buildings and infrastructure. This includes amongst others an accommodation building and office, kitchen and mess hall facilities, recreation area, mosque and a clinic. The built up area amounts to approximately 15,000 sq mts. Furthermore, a 3 sq km-lane road has been constructed. A small power plant has been set up, alongside a sewerage treatment plant and a reverse osmosis plant to make the camps self-sufficient. 

NMDC engaged more than One hundred different marine plant on the project comprising of; Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers, Cutter Suction Dredgers, Rock Positioning Pontoons, Rock Transportation Barges, Backhoes, Wheel Loaders, Bulldozers, and Excavators.


“Towards HSE Excellence”
Success brings with it even more challenges within HSE, by consistently endevouring in raising our threshold standards, rendering our future performance benchmark even higher. We have realized and accepted this challenge. We are committed to work even harder to enhance our standards , and striving to better our best practices and constantly looking at “how the good gets to better and be the best”. Our performance has consistently been good, and experience also tells us that we should not rest on our laurels and be complacent . 

These are the challenges we are most happy to face. Further as we embark into a number of new business territories , we are fully aware of the dynamic market conditions and the competitive business environment we are likely to encounter. A priority and a necessity for the company is cost optimization – but not at the cost of compromising our HSE record. We have firm development plans and targets set to achieve this on an ongoing basis. All our KPI’s have been set, focused on this and we do acknowledge and foresee the need to deepen our knowledge and understanding to meet the challenges in the years ahead.

Project Details

Client ZADCO
Location Abu Dhabi , U.A.E
Period 2011 – 2014
Contract EPC Contractor