Dolphin Energy, Qatar Petroleum ink LNG deal with RAK, Sharjah

Published October 6th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
The UAE mainly imports gas to generate electricity from Qatar through the Dolphin energy pipeline. (Shutterstock)
The UAE mainly imports gas to generate electricity from Qatar through the Dolphin energy pipeline. (Shutterstock)

The Dolphin Energy Limited and Qatar Petroleum on Wednesday signed a long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) agreement to supply gas to Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority and Ras Al-Khaimah Gas Commission, RAK Gas.

The gas will be exported to the UAE through the offshore pipeline extending between the two countries, according to a report by WAM.

Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, and CEO of the Adnoc Group, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar, witnessed the signing of the agreement.

There are no details on how much gas would be provided and what is the time frame for the export of the gas.

The UAE mainly imports gas to generate electricity from Qatar through the Dolphin energy pipeline. Dolphin Energy as established by Abu Dhabi government in 1999 and has been implementing Dolphin gas project since 2007.

The project involves production and processing of natural gas from Qatar’s offshore North Field and transportation of the processed gas by subsea pipeline to the UAE and Oman.

In addition, the company undertook other important energy-related developments such as the Al Ain-Fujairah Gas Pipeline and the 244-km Taweelah-Fujairah Pipeline to transport vital gas supply to the eastern region of the UAE.

The Dolphin pipeline sends 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day between Qatar, the UAE and Oman.

The UAE has also been focusing on developing gas projects to meet the rising demand for electricity generation. It has few projects like Al Hosn sour gas project that was launched last year with a production capacity of one billion cubic feet per day. The project is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and the US based Occidental Petroleum.

A gas project being developed by German company Wintershall is in progress near Shuweihat in the western region of Abu Dhabi.

The $10 billion Bab sour gas project faced challenges after Royal Dutch Shell pulled out citing rising costs and technical difficulties earlier this year.

 

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