Up to four leading international engineering, procurement and construction players are set to chase a key contract from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) that involves the further development of its huge Lower Zakum offshore oilfield.

Multiple people familiar with the development told Upstream that Adnoc has launched the bid process for the offshore project and aims to engage leading international EPC players in an early engagement phase.

“Adnoc intends to involve bidders ahead of the front-end engineering and design completion to shorten the duration of the tender process,” one person said.