Since November 2021, ADNOC has awarded drilling agreements worth over $11 billion to top-tier contractors. Image Credit: Adnoc Group/Instagram

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded five framework agreements valued at $1.83 billion (Dh6.72 billion) for Directional Drilling and Logging While Drilling (LWD) to support its efforts to expand production capacity of its low carbon oil and gas resources to help meet the world’s growing demand for energy, it said on Wednesday.

The agreements were awarded to Al Ghaith Oilfield Supplies and Services Co, Al Mansoori Directional Drilling Services, Schlumberger Middle East, Haliburton Worldwide Ltd Abu Dhabi and Weatherford Bin Hamoodah Co following a competitive tender process.

The awards cover ADNOC’s onshore and offshore fields and will run for five years with an option for a further two years. Over 75 per cent of the award value could flow back into the UAE economy under ADNOC’s In-Country Value programme over the duration of the agreements.

Yaser Saeed Almazrouei, ADNOC Upstream Executive Director, said: “As ADNOC responds to rising global energy demand, we are responsibly ramping up drilling activities to further unlock Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas resources which have some of the lowest carbon intensity in the world. These awards build on our ongoing investments in drilling services and they will deliver substantial in-country value for the nation to support economic growth and diversification.”

The framework agreements will support ADNOC’s requirement to drill thousands of new wells to expand its production capacity to five million barrels per day (mmbpd) by 2030, enable gas self-sufficiency for the UAE and remain a leading low-cost, low-carbon oil producer. The awards will also enable hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings.

Since November 2021, ADNOC has awarded drilling agreements worth over $11 billion to top-tier contractors for wellheads and related components, downhole completion equipment and related services, liner hangers, cementing services, wireline logging and directional drilling.

Directional drilling and logging while drilling entails controlling the direction and deviation of a wellbore while drilling to access oil and gas resources and measuring formation properties to enhance production.