J.P. Kenny, a subsidiary of Wood Group, has been awarded a contract by Zakum Development Company (Zadco) to design the potential replacement of the Zakum main oil line in Abu Dhabi.

The 60-kilometre Zakum main oil line transports crude from the Upper Zakum field through a 42-inch diametre pipeline from the Zakum Central Complex to Zirku Island.

The pipeline has been in service since 1982, and the fields still have a significant production life.

Therefore Zadco, the operator, has decided to embark on a pre-emptive programme to consider the need for a possible replacement.

J.P. Kenny's scope will include site survey data collection, review, optimisation, selection studies, HSE/risk assessment, value engineering and conceptual design of the replacement.

If Zadco decides to proceed with the project, there will be an option for J.P. Kenny to provide front-end engineering for the pipe-line.

J.P. Kenny's chief executive officer, Steve Wayman, said, "The strategic importance of this pipeline prompted the operator to seek the services of an international expert in this field, and we are very pleased that our global track record and technology focus have been recognised in this way.

"We view the Middle East as very important geographical area for J.P. Kenny."

The work will be carried out by J.P. Kenny's offices in Abu Dhabi and London.

Zadco was established in 1977 and it currently operates Umm Al Dalkh and Satah fields in addition to Upper Zakum.