ADNOC awards SOCAR stake in SARB and Umm Lulu concession


In a significant expansion of its strategic partnerships, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has granted a 3% participating interest in the SARB and Umm Lulu offshore concession to the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). This deal, which fortifies the energy ties between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Azerbaijan, reflects both countries’ commitment to enhancing their partnership across the energy value chain.

Innovative Technologies at the Forefront

The SARB and Umm Lulu fields are notable for their use of cutting-edge technologies, including digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI) to manage operations. These technologies facilitate remote monitoring, smart well operations, and production management, which collectively work to optimize production efficiency, reduce emissions, enhance safety, and increase production capacity.

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A Strategic Move by ADNOC

ADNOC’s decision to involve SOCAR in these concessions aligns with its strategic aim to leverage partnerships and advanced technologies to maximize the value from Abu Dhabi’s energy resources. Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, ADNOC Upstream Executive Director, highlighted the significance of this collaboration. “We are very pleased to welcome SOCAR to the SARB and Umm Lulu concession. This award supports ADNOC’s strategy to ensure a secure, reliable, and responsible supply of energy,” Al Kindy stated.

ADNOC enhances its strategic partnership by awarding SOCAR a stake in the SARB and Umm Lulu offshore concession.

ADNOC enhances its strategic partnership by awarding SOCAR a stake in the SARB and Umm Lulu offshore concession.

Deepening Collaborative Efforts

This agreement builds upon a series of collaborative ventures between ADNOC and SOCAR, including ADNOC’s acquisition of a 30% equity stake in the Absheron gas and condensate field and a strategic collaboration agreement focusing on the development of low-carbon energy technologies such as hydrogen and geothermal energy.

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Rovshan Najaf, President of SOCAR, expressed his satisfaction with this venture, stating, “This is our first international upstream investment and we are particularly delighted to make this investment in Abu Dhabi, building upon our bilateral strategic relationships.”

The partnership not only deepens the collaborative ties between ADNOC and SOCAR but also strategically positions both companies to better exploit the technological advancements in the oil and gas sector. The incorporation of AI and digital monitoring systems in the SARB and Umm Lulu concessions is a forward-thinking approach that sets a new standard for operational efficiency in the industry.

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With this new agreement, ADNOC and SOCAR are set to enhance their already strong partnership, signaling a continued commitment to innovation and strategic growth in the global energy market. This collaboration is a testament to the dynamic and evolving nature of international energy partnerships.

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