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ADNOC Seeks Interested Partners for Large Scale Seawater Treatment and Transportation Project

Project will replace current aquifer water injection systems used for maintaining reservoir pressure in all onshore fields in Abu Dhabi with more sustainable water sources 

Once operational, the project will enhance efficiencies and result in a net reduction of CO2 emissions

Successful bidders will develop, own and operate two seawater treatment plants and transmission pipelines under a long-term agreement with ADNOC

Suitably qualified parties to submit Expression of Interest 

Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 1, 2021: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced today, the commencement of a competitive process to seek and select a developer or developer consortium to own an equity stake in a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to participate in the development of a large scale seawater treatment and transmission pipeline project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The project will replace the current aquifer water injection systems used for maintaining reservoir pressure in all onshore oil fields in Abu Dhabi.

The mega-project will ensure reliable source of water injection and preserve the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) natural resources by containing aquifer depletion. It will also enhance operational efficiencies and result in net reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to the current injection system, supporting ADNOC's sustainability goal of reducing its greenhouse gas intensity (GHG) by 25% by 2030. 

The project will comprise the development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance, and ownership of two standalone greenfield seawater nanofiltration plants with a combined treatment capacity of approximately 210 million imperial gallons per day, together with pumping stations and transmission pipelines to transport the treated water to onshore oilfields, requiring approximately 450 kilometers of new pipeline infrastructure. The two plants will be located at greenfield sites at Al Mirfa and Al Nouf (previously known as Al Dabbiya), to the west of the city of Abu Dhabi.

Khalid Abdul Samad, Senior Vice President of Production at ADNOC, said: “We are very pleased to embark on this strategic project which will unlock major efficiencies and reduce CO2 emissions, underscoring ADNOC’s drive to maintain its position as an industry leader in low cost and low carbon hydrocarbon production. It will also enable us to conserve precious water resources as we maximize value from our reservoirs. We welcome new and existing partners who have the required expertise and technology to come and explore this win-win investment opportunity that offers potential to drive long-term and sustainable value for our mutual benefit.” 

This significant capital project is expected to be funded through the SPV and executed on a build, own, operate, and transfer (BOOT) basis. The SPV will be jointly owned by ADNOC and the selected developers and investors. 

The SPV will enter into a Long-Term Water Treatment and Transportation Agreement (WTTA) with ADNOC, who will be the single buyer of the water produced by the project. The successful bidder, alongside ADNOC, will develop and operate the treatment and transmission system, with the full project being returned to ADNOC at the end of the WTTA. 

Suitably qualified parties are requested to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) at the earliest opportunity and no later than noon Gulf Standard Time on Monday, 15 March 2021, by sending an email to Pablo Terra, Vice President Group Strategic Investments, on and Ahmed Basioni, Vice President Upstream Projects, on  

Each EOI must specify the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the appropriate authorized contact person (Contact Person) to whom all future correspondence should be sent, together with a brief description of the entity expressing interest (including but not limited to size, number of employees, country of incorporation and business profile).

Following a review of the EOIs by ADNOC, the relevant Contact Person will be advised whether the developer has been selected to proceed to the next stage. The Contact Person of each selected developer will be provided with a Confidentiality Agreement and a Request for Statement of Qualifications (RFQ). The RFQ will provide additional details of the project and bidding process.

Release Details

March 01, 2021
Abu Dhabi


ADNOC is a leading diversified energy and petrochemicals group wholly owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ADNOC’s objective is to maximize the value of the Emirate’s vast hydrocarbon reserves through responsible and sustainable exploration and production to support the United Arab Emirates’ economic growth and diversification. To find out more, visit

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