Abu Dhabi receives bids for multi-billion dollar subsea transmission project

8 Jul 2020
Abu Dhabi receives bids for multi-billion dollar subsea transmission project

Multi-billion dollar project will provide power for Adnoc's offshore production facilities from Abu Dhabi's national grid, reducing the oil major's carbon footprint by up to 30 per cent.


State oil company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) have received nonbinding offers from firms for a planned high-voltage sub-sea transmission project to connect Adnoc’s offshore oil and gas production facilities to ADPower’s onshore national electricity grid.

Energy & Utilities reported in April that Adnoc and ADPower had launched a joint tender for the high-voltage sub-sea transmission project, the first project of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

According to sources close to the project, at least six nonbinding proposals were submitted for the scheme. The following groups are believed to have submitted bids:

  • Kepco (South Korea)
  • Elia Grid (Belgium/Germany)
  • Kansai Electric (Japan)
  • State Grid China
  • Southern Power Grid
  • Terna (Italy)

Binding offers are due to be submitted on 30 September.

The use of power generated onshore is expected to reduce Adnoc’s offshore carbon footprint by up to 30 per cent, with a significant amount of Abu Dhabi’s energy to be provided by renewable energy and nuclear power in the coming years.

“This project will meet our future offshore power needs, even as our fields mature, using diverse and sustainable sources,” Yaser Saeed Al-Mazrouei, Adnoc Upstream executive director, said in April when the tender was launched. “It will enable Adnoc to utilise the natural gas currently used to power our offshore facilities for higher-value purposes.”

The project will be developed by a special purpose vehicle (SPV) – in which the successful developers from the tender will hold a 40 per cent stake, with Adnoc and ADPower to each hold a 30 per cent holding.

The scheme will be developed under a build-own-operate and transfer (BOOT) model, with ownership of the project to be transferred back to Adnoc at the end of the concession agreement.

The project is due to be commissioned in 2025.

On 1 July, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) completed the transaction with ADPower to transfer the majority of ADPower’s power and water assets to Taqa, creating one of the largest utility companies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

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