TechnipFMC expands capabilities in Middle East with new Abu Dhabi facility

Oilfield services provider TechnipFMC on Monday officially opened its fully capable Surface International facility in ICAD II, Abu Dhabi. 

TechnipFMC’s Surface Technologies segment supplies surface wellhead and tree systems, chokes and pressure control equipment, separation systems and production packages to the drilling, completion, and production segments, both onshore and offshore.

Surface International is a business unit within TechnipFMC’s Surface Technologies segment. Its UAE operation has committed itself to a broad scope of products and services, through local capability, the company said on Monday.

In the company’s own words, the opening of this facility was part of its continued investment in the UAE to reinforce its position in delivering local solutions that extend asset life and improve returns for ADNOC.

The opening of the 18,000 m2 facility, located in Abu Dhabi’s Industrial City 2, was officiated by Doug Pferdehirt, Chief Executive Officer of TechnipFMC. According to the company, it is the largest and most complete facility in the Middle East, consolidating an existing facility in Abu Dhabi and complementing an engineering office in Abu Dhabi and a strategic distribution hub in the Jebel Ali free zone.

The new plant, valued at about $25 million, is part of a program to strengthen TechnipFMC capabilities in the Surface International business, but also provides a platform for TechnipFMC to be able to grow its integrated offerings into the Middle East, including multiple product lines and aftermarket services that are key to the strategy.

Richard Alabaster, TechnipFMC’s President Surface, said: “This investment will enable us to increase our support of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and other customers taking on logistical services and in fully refurbishing used equipment in-country, managing all critical processes in-house. The launch of this ICAD Facility is not only an important milestone in enhancing our scope, but it also positions us to respond to the expected increase in ADNOC activity in 2018 and beyond.”

The new facility will offer a broader range of capabilities in-country, supporting the full TechnipFMC portfolio with its equipment in the Drilling, Completion, Production and Pressure Control segments. The facility includes a fully developed training center, high-pressure hydraulic and gas testing capabilities, cladding and machining technology and one-stop shop for customer equipment storage, preservation, preparation and make-up for mobilization to the field.

“The facility will provide employment for 140 employees and is also designed to allow for extensions to further expand capabilities in the future. Currently we have built out 40 percent of the site,” added Alabaster.