Ducab wins big Abu Dhabi contract
Dubai, July 18, 2010
Ducab, a top manufacturer of power and special cables in the region, said it has won its second contract in Abu Dhabi's Integrated Gas Development (IGD) project, raising its total order for Gasco’s Habshan 5 project to over Dh126 million ($35 million).
The contract win comes following a series of recent negotiations in Yokohama, Japan, said a company statement.
Ducab’s most recent agreement with Japan’s JGC Corporation is valued at Dh51 million ($13.8 million) for the supply of custom power cables to the new Habshan 5 Gas Processing Plant.
This follows the signing of a contract recently with Hyundai Engineering & Construction for supporting the utilities and offsite part of the development, a Dh75 million agreement which could see Ducab supplying up to 70 per cent of the associated facility’s total power cables requirements.
Both of the developments are part of a Dh33.8 billion Abu Dhabi's (IGD) project which aims to increase offshore gas production and provide a permanent link between Adnoc’s offshore Umm Shaif field and new onshore processing facilities at Habshan and Ruwais via Das island.
The Habshan 5 Gas Processing Plant will require thousands of kilometres of high-quality cables with special materials that can withstand Habshan’s harsh environment and comply with stringent safety and project requirements.
With approved products by international bodies such as BSI, Kema, Lloyds and Warrington Fire Research, Ducab has a history of supplying major projects in the OGP sector with niche products.
Previous partnerships with Gasco alone include the OGD III project through US Bechtel and the Ruwais third NGL through Italy’s Snamprogetti, among others.
Laith Madi, manager of Oil, Gas and Petrochemical (OGP) sector at Ducab, said that the two recent awards fall into the strategic objective for Ducab to become a dominant cable supplier for OGP projects in the region.
“The IGD Project is an extraordinary venture within the Abu Dhabi gas sector that is bringing together many specialized groups on the cutting edge of their trade,” Madi remarked.
“These kinds of projects and the growth of the oil and gas sector in UAE - and the GCC in general - were the motivation for us to launch the Special Cables Unit (SCU) at the end of 2009.
Focusing on a distinct series of products fitted to the demands of the OGP sector, we work with our clients in designing tailor-made cabling solutions while offering a high level of service and attention through a specialized team within Ducab’s OGP division.”
Madi pointed out that providing quick and reliable access to cabling products was also one of the client’s chief concerns in selecting a supplier for Habshan 5.
“With two factories in Abu Dhabi and one in Jebel Ali, we have the capacity to fulfil very large and very specific orders within close proximity to UAE sites,” he said.
“Especially on a project of this magnitude, having immediate access to a resource supply backed up by comprehensive technical services as part of the overall cable solutions package, can make a huge difference in keeping the entire development on schedule,” he added.
The Habshan 5 project follows a series of recent successes in Ducab’s OGP unit including partnerships with Korea’s SK and GS Engineering for the Adco Bab Gas and Takreer Green Diesel project, Spain’s Tecnicas and UK’s Petrofac for the Adco SAS oil field development, and the Mega Adcop Habshan Fujairah pipeline with CPECC.-TradeArabia News Service