An agreement was signed in Doha, Qatar, to export 2 Bcf/d of Qatar natural gas to the United Arab Emirates and Oman beginning in 2005 as part of the Dolphin project.
The project includes developing natural gas reserves in two blocks of Qatar's giant offshore North field. The first delineation wells are scheduled to be drilled in the second half of 2001 and come on stream in 2005.
The project also calls for constructing a 217-mile, 48-inch diameter pipeline that will extend from a processing plant in Ras Laffan, Qatar, to the Taweelah terminal in Abu Dhabi and the Jebel Ali terminal in Dubai.
TotalFina Elf will operate Dolphin's upstream phase while Enron will focus on gas transportation. The initial phase of the Dolphin project will cost $3.5 billion.
A second development phase will cover delivery of a further 1 Bcf/d of natural gas.
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