Dolphin Energy Ltd (DEL) is pushing ahead with a major project to supply the UAE and Oman with natural gas.

Dolphin Energy Ltd (DEL) is pushing ahead with a major project to supply the UAE and Oman with natural gas. However, it will not be involved in future Qatari plans to pipe gas to Kuwait or other countries.

DEL’s chief executive officer Ahmed Al Sayegh said the construction of a plant at Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City to process natural gas from the country’s giant north field is under way, while the company is about to begin the construction of a 370km subsea pipeline to carry gas from Qatar to Taweela in Abu Dhabi.

In an interview with the Pipeline magazine to be published next week and obtained by Wam, Sayegh said Dolphin would initially pump two billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the UAE and Oman — an equivalent of nearly 500,000 bpd of crude oil.

He, however, added that the pipeline has the capacity to carry nearly 3.2 billion cubic feet per day in the event of an increase in demand for Dolphin’s gas.

‘The project’s initial stage will consist of two large well platforms offshore Qatar in the gas-rich north field, which will produce natural gas from the Khuff Zone through 24 individual wells. This gas will be transported to Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City via twin sealines. ‘The two well platform jackets are now in place and pipe laying will start before the year end,’ he said.

‘At Ras Laffan this raw gas will then be fed into the Dolphin gas processing plant which will extract valuable by-products such as condensates and LPG. The plant will subsequently compress the resulting refined gas for transport via the 370 km export pipeline through the joint Qatar-UAE waters to landfall at Al Taweela.

In Abu Dhabi, he said, construction of the gas processing plant is under way while pipe laying for the export pipeline will start shortly. From Al Taweelah, the gas will flow by landlines to contracted customers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, the northern emirates and Oman.
‘Dolphin is currently receiving refined gas from Oman to supply the power and water desalination plant at Qidfa, through its own dedicated pipeline commissioned early in 2004. ‘Once gas becomes available from Qatar, Qidfa will receive this gas instead and Dolphin will become a seller of gas to Oman, rather than a customer.’

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