Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO)
Arabian Gulf, United Arab Emirates

Satah Al Razboot Field Development

The Satah Al Razboot (SARB) field is located in the Arabian Gulf, northwest of Abu Dhabi City and 20 km southeast of Zirku Island. The Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) awarded Fluor Offshore Solutions front-end engineering and design (FEED) for full field development. ADMA-OPCO is a division of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Fluor's scope of work included the design of two artificial island drilling and wellhead production gathering facilities; subsea pipelines to transport well fluids, high pressure injection gas, and injection seawater; onshore (Zirku Island) facilities including crude oil and gas receiving, processing, handling, storage, and export facilities; along with supporting utilities and infrastructure.

Client's Challenge

The new facilities at Zirku Island process well fluid production from SARB field development and in addition, process partially de-gassed crude oil received from the Umm Lulu offshore field development.

The SARB Full Field Development Project includes an untapped oil field that would produce prospectively 100,000 barrels per day, during peak production years. Plans called for drilling 51 producer wells, 19 water injector wells, 13 gas injector wells, and three gas producer wells, for a total of 86 wells.

Umm Lulu field production will peak at 120,000 barrels per day. The well fluids produced from the Umm Lulu field go through first stage de-gassing and water separation prior to being pumped to the Zirku plant for further processing, storage, and export.

Fluor's Solution

Due to the remote locations and limited access and laydown on Zirku Island for construction labor, Fluor recommended an execution plan that maximized preassembly and modularization of process plant and gas gathering facilities. Infrastructure designs (jetty and heavy hall roads), necessary to accommodate large modules, were included in the FEED phase engineering to accommodate early site development and define the execution approach for EPC contractors.

The field development included two artificial islands to be constructed in the SARB field about 20 km away from the existing Zirku Island. These islands house production and injection wells and were normally not attended. The operating systems included remote control operation carried out from the new SARB Central Control Room at Zirku Island.

The project was carried out by the Houston and Abu Dhabi operation centers, where over 180 professionals contributed.


Fluor's modularization solution, addressed the remote location and limited access, facilitated an execution strategy with improved schedule predictability, maximized shop fabrication, and assembly for improved productivity and quality, and minimum site exposure to HSE challenges.

This marquee project in the Middle East is vitally important to the continued economic growth and development of Abu Dhabi.