ADNOC confirms OMV’s entry into two offshore field developments

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. has awarded OMV a 20% stake in the SARB and Umm Lulu offshore concession.

Offshore staff

ABU DHABI, UAEAbu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) has awarded Austrian oil company OMV a 20% stake in the SARB and Umm Lulu offshore concession.

OMV joins Spain’s CEPSA as a shareholder in the offshore concession. The company paid $1.5 billion to enter the concession, a sum which also takes account of previous investments made by ADNOC in the SARB field.

ADNOC Offshore will operate the concession, which runs for 40 years.

The two producing fields are Umm Lulu and Satah Al Razboot (SARB). Umm Lulu is 30 km (18.6 mi) offshore Abu Dhabi, in shallow waters: early production started in 4Q 2016, and the field should build to plateau production early in the 2020s, delivering 20,000 b/d net to OMV.

Satah Al Razboot is also in shallow waters but 120 km (74.6 mi) offshore. ADNOC anticipates first oil before year-end, with OMV netting more than 20,000 b/d during the plateau period, again in the early 2020s.

Johann Pleininger, OMV’s deputy chairman, said: “This acquisition is a step towards our strategic goal to double our reserves. It will substantially increase OMV’s reserve base by approximately 450 MMbbl, representing our share over the concession period.”

There is also upside potential from the satellite fields Bin Nasher and Al Batee.

OMV expects to spend around $2 billion on capex during the contract term and around $150 million annually during the first five years.

This agreement completes Abu Dhabi’s round of offshore concession awards, which has seen ADNOC bring on board more new companies with access to capital, technology, and expertise.

Collectively the offshore agreements concluded since the start of the year amount to $7.92 billion in participation fees and secured markets for 40% of the UAE’s oil over the next 40 years.

The current ADMA offshore concession, which expired on March 8, has been split into three separate offshore concessions, all operated by ADNOC Offshore. The offshore concessions awarded are:

Concession Name


Partner Share

Target Production



Lower Zakum


10% - ONGC Videsh-led consortium

10% - INPEX Corp.

5% - Eni

5% - Total

10% - China National Petroleum Corp.

450,000 b/d


Umm Shaif and Nasr


10% - Eni

20% - Total

10% China National Petroleum Corp.

460,000 b/d

500 MMcf/d

SARB and Umm Lulu


20% - OMV

20% - CEPSA

215,000 b/d



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