Abu Dhabi state firm Adnoc has awarded a $1.36bn contract to local firm National Marine Dredging Company to construct artificial islands for the Ghasha sour gas concession (Adnoc 60%, Eni 25%, Wintershall 10%, OMV 5%). The offshore concession is targeting 1.6bn cfd by 2024 and is a mammoth project. “Pipelines, islands, wells, you name it. It is a very complex project,” Adnoc upstream chief Abdulmunim al-Kindy said in November (MEES, 16 November 2018).

The project entails the...