ADNOC awards four-year contract to SNC-Lavalin for offshore power project

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded a four-year advisory and engineering services contract for its offshore operations power project to SNC-Lavalin. Billed as a first-of-its-kind high-voltage, direct current (HVDC-VSC) subsea transmission system in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, the project will power ADNOC’s offshore production operations with cleaner and more efficient energy.

According to a statement from SNC-Lavalin, its scope of work includes the design review of the converter stations, the submarine cables, integration with the onshore and offshore grid, as well as reviewing the implementation plans for HSE, Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) of contractors. The firm will also provide supervision throughout the construction and commissioning phases. The project will be supported by the company’s global HVDC Center of Excellence in Canada, and its regional expertise based in the Middle East.

“Our work with ADNOC on this significant project will support the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative and reinforces our commitment to work with our global clients on their net zero journeys. Through our world-class engineering services and HVDC expertise, we will ensure the project is delivered to the highest quality, safety, and environmental standards to drive more efficiency and green impact,” said SNC-Lavalin president and CEO Ian L. Edwards.

The project, which is in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of ADNOC’s offshore operations by more than 30%, replacing existing offshore gas turbine generators with more sustainable power sources available on the Abu Dhabi onshore power network.

“This will be achieved by developing two subsea HVDC-VSC links from onshore Alternating Current (AC) power substations to artificial islands. Our Canadian HVDC Centre of Excellence (CoE) has been active in the field for half a century. This CoE has delivered close to 50 landmark projects across five continents and adapts each project to its unique environments,” concluded Dale Clarke, CEO of Engineering Services, Canada at SNC-Lavalin.

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