This week’s award of 10% of Lower Zakum to Indian state firms has reinvigorated the race to secure contracts once Abu Dhabi’s offshore Adma concession expires next month. Adnoc has confirmed the concession will be divided in three. Asian firms are well placed for more awards. But Adnoc will struggle to retain oil majors.

Abu Dhabi surprised observers when it signed a deal bringing an Indian state-led consortium into its offshore sector on 11 February.

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