Dolphin to handle new export pipeline

The pipeline will be over 370km in length, and 48in diameter, and the cost of the complex upstream gas-gathering and processing plant in Qatar’s Ras Laffan and the overall investment in the Dolphin Gas Project makes it one of the largest energy-related ventures ever undertaken in the Middle East.

The shareholders of Dolphin Energy include Mudabala Development Co, fully-owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, with a 51% stake, and Total of France and Occidental Petroleum of the US, each with 24.5%.

Although Abu Dhabi possesses the fourth-largest gas reserves in the world, a major portion of these reserves has already been set aside for essential projects which include future supply of gas to power and water plants, as well as gas re-injection programmes for the oilfields, to maintain reservoir pressure for optimum production. Hence the country’s requirement for a reliable, long-term source of imported natural gas. After 2006, when Dolphin’s new export pipeline from Qatar is operating, Qatar gas will reach Fujeirah through existing landlines to Al Ain, and thereafter go to Abu Dhabi via the new Dolphin link.

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