DOLPHIN ENERGY PRODUCES FIRST GAS IN QATAR AND SUPPLIES UAE CUSTOMERS
Historic Occasion as First Regional Gas Project Delivers Steady Flow of Gas to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 10, 2007 – Dolphin Energy announced today that natural gas, from its production wells offshore Qatar, is now flowing to UAE customers for the very first time.
This is the culmination of a visionary nine year project, linking the nations of Qatar, the UAE and shortly Oman in a unique regional gas grid.
Dolphin Energy is now producing raw gas from wells in Qatar’s North Field. It is processing this gas at its brand-new, dedicated Gas Processing Plant in Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City – then transporting the refined methane by subsea export pipeline, from Qatar to Dolphin’s Gas Receiving Facilities at Taweelah in Abu Dhabi.
In Qatar, significant quantities of valuable by-products are also being produced during processing – ethane, condensate, propane, butane. The ethane is supplied to Qatar Petroleum on long-term contract – the other products are sold on international term and spot markets.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Chairman of Dolphin Energy said on the occasion: “This achievement is historic as well as highly important.
“It signifies the vision of our late President, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan which has been realized – and it demonstrates the continuing commitment to the venture of their Highnesses Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar. It particularly results from the extensive support, at every stage, of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahayan.”
Sheikh Hamdan added: “The entire Dolphin value chain is now functioning, as we have long envisioned and planned. We are therefore managing and supplying our own gas to our contracted customers, controlling every stage of the process. The next challenge is to carefully ramp up our production, until we reach targeted pipeline throughput of 2 billion standard cubic feet per day in early 2008.”
Qatar’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy & Industry, HE Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, commented: “Qatar has been proud of its encouragement for this significant energy project since launch, and of its association with all stages of mutually-agreed construction, production, processing and pipeline developments. This achievement today is another step towards strengthening the cooperation and brotherly ties between UAE, Oman and Qatar and represents an important milestone in developing our natural gas resources under the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar.”
HE the Deputy Premier added “We offer our congratulations to the Governments and people of the UAE, Qatar and Oman as well as to Dolphin Energy and QP staff to whom we extend our thanks and appreciation for their hard work to bring this exciting day to fruition.
Dolphin Energy Limited
Dolphin Energy Limited was created to develop substantial
energy projects throughout the GCC. Its objective is
to create long-term economic wealth and new business
opportunities for GCC citizens, far into the future.
Dolphin Energy’s major strategic initiative,
the Dolphin Project, involves the production and processing
of natural gas from Qatar’s North Field, and
transportation of the dry gas by sub-sea pipeline across
joint UAE-Qatari waters to the UAE, beginning in 2006.
Dolphin Energy’s first initiative, the Al Ain
to Fujairah Pipeline, came on stream in January 2004.The
pipeline supplies the Fujairah Water and Power Plant
on the UAE’s East Coast – initially with
natural gas from Oman, and subsequently with Dolphin
gas from Qatar. In May 2005, Dolphin began to supply
natural gas to the UAE Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The
gas is being delivered via a tie-in near Qidfa between
Dolphin’s Al Ain - Fujairah pipeline and the
existing Emarat gas pipeline network.
Dolphin Energy is owned 51 percent by Mubadala Development
Company, on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi – and
24.5 percent each by Total of France and Occidental
Petroleum of the USA.
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