Al Jaber Energy Services achieves 10,000,000 Safe Man-hours on Premier Project, Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi – 25 May 2015 – Al Jaber Energy Services (AJES) continues with their success on the ZADCO UZ750 Project Early Civil Work (ECW) package by achieving 10 million safe man-hours worked since inception. The UZ750 Project is an artificial Island concept for extended-reach drilling approximately 82klm’s West of Abu Dhabi in the Upper Zakum area within the Arabian Gulf. It is the largest undertaking of its kind worldwide. The ECW Contractor package comprises of: site preparation, earth works, piling, precast installation, drill pad platform, telecom communication towers, storage facilities structures, street lighting, driller pipe and a broad array of electrical installations on all of the four artificial Islands.

AJES’ significant achievement has been heralded as a tremendous success by the ZADCO shareholders who include ExxonMobil, as a major contribution to the UZ750 projects overall HSE performance so far. AJES is considered a leading Contractor amongst their peers on the project.


The 10 million safe man-hours worked success hasn’t gone without its challenges over the journey. To mention a few: Marine logistics has played a major part in getting the product and equipment to and from the Islands which posed many risks i.e. loading and unloading of thousands of heavy precast components, weather and rough sea conditions and negotiating congested shipping and docking areas at the Island purpose built harbors. The precast lifting activities in excess of a staggering 130,000 lifts were considered the most critical activity under the AJES scope, was managed and implemented without a significant incident. The installation of nine ‘in demand’ temporary accommodation camps for all Client and Contractor staff and workers on the Islands. The welfare of the workers was given the highest priority whether living in the purpose built camps or during the summer months when special attention was given to the heat index in managing the worker comfort level and prevention of heat stress illnesses.

Undisputedly this achievement could not have been accomplished without the exceptional leadership of AJES Senior Management, Support functions, the Off Shore Operations Manager and his relentless project team. AJES stewarded significant HSE awareness and worker involvement initiatives supported by recognition and reward that has proven to be most successful. It’s fair to say that AJES has learned many lessons along the way with credible improvements.

Ron Metcalf the AJES Executive & Managing Director stated that his team’s commitment to safety was exemplary and should be a message to all.

AL JABER Energy Services remains committed to their endeavors to successfully complete the ZADCO UZ750 Project ECW package without harm to people and to the environment, continue to support the projects motto “Nobody Gets Hurt” and strive for world class HSE performance.