GE OIL & Gas has used a module design developed for the Gorgon project in order to provide six ‘Mega-Structure’ power modules to Abu Dhabi.

Each module weighs over 1,500 tonnes, stretches 44 metres long and 24 metres high and will be delivered direct from GE’s construction facility in Avenza, Italy, to an artificial island located offshore Abu Dhabi.

The modules will be delivered to Petrofac Emirates for the Upper Zakum UZ750 field in Abu Dhabi, developed by ZADCO (Zakum Development Company), where they will house a turbogenerator train – providing electric power to ZADCO’s oil production facilities.

GE said the advanced module design to be used for the project was most recently deployed during the delivery of five turbine developed for the Gorgon field.

The 130-MW Frame-9 gas turbines were designed to meet the needs of Barrow Island’s gas treatment and liquefaction facilities.

Like those made for Gorgon, these modules will be assembled, commissioned and tested ahead of shipment to the United Arab Emirates so they can be simply and quickly installed and be ready for operation once they arrive.

The module design and enhanced testing reduces the total footprint of operations as well as reducing the amount of time between equipment delivery and startup of operation, minimising execution risks at site.

GE Oil & Gas Turbomachinery Solutions chief executive Rafael Santana said the contract showcased how advanced plug-and-play solutions were solving some of the world’s most complex energy challenges in remote locations.

“The new work also underscores our commitment to investing in our advanced Module Construction Yard located in Avenza, Italy—the same yard where the Gorgon modules were born and built,” he said.

The assembly of the ZADCO modules in Avenza will start at the end of 2014 and will be completed in about 2.5 years, with the modules to be shipped to Abu Dhabi in 2016.