”Dolphin Energy” to get more Qatari Gas for export to UAE …the world largest ever NG project

Qatar Petroleum (QP) will deliver additional quantities of gas to Dolphin for export to the UAE as part of efforts to enhance the bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries. In this regard, QP and Dolphin have entered into a new long-term gas sale and purchase agreement (SPA), a spokesman for Qatar’s hydrocarbons behemoth said, without divulging the quantity of gas to be supplied.

Dolphin Energy project presentation by Dr. THEODORE THEODOROPOULOS:

The Dolphin Gas Project is one of the largest trans-border energy projects ever undertaken in the Middle East. The project brings natural gas from Qatar via pipeline to meet the growing energy needs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The $7bn project has brought together three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations – UAE, Qatar and Oman – into an integrated regional energy network for the first time. The first phase involved the development of two platforms in Qatar’s North field, two multi-phase offshore sealines to the processing facilities and the gas treatment and compression plants at Ras Laffan. The second phase involved the construction of a 48in diameter, 260 mile (364km) subsea pipeline that carries gas to the UAE (cost $3.5bn). The second phase was completed in August 2006. The pipeline carried the first gas in 2007 and can carry up to two billion cubic feet of Qatar natural gas a day to the UAE for a period of 25 years. It also has the capacity to transport up to 3.2 billion cubic feet a day and as a result additional customers are being booked.

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“The Dolphin gas project came onstream in late 2006.” Dolphin Energy is the constructor and operator of the project. Dolphin Energy is owned 51% by Mubadala Development Company on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi and 24.5% each by Total of France and Occidental Petroleum of the US. The project, which has been underway since 2001, came onstream in late 2006. In January 2004 the engineer, procure and construct (EPC) contract for the gas processing and compression plant at Ras Laffan was awarded to JGC Middle East FZE, a wholly owned subsidiary of JGC Corporation of Japan. The plant came online in late 2006. The plant receives wet gas from North field and removes valuable hydrocarbon liquids (including condensate and NGL products) for processing, marketing and spot sale. The plant compresses the resulting dry gas for transportation through the export pipeline to the UAE.

The world largest natural gas project ”The Dolphin Energy”

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The JGC contract also includes commissioning and start-up, training of operations staff and maintenance. The six compression trains at the facility are driven by 52MW gas turbines that were supplied and commissioned by Rolls-Royce Energy Systems of the UK. The plant can compress over two billion cubic feet (57 million cubic metres) of methane a day. The propane, butane and condensate are sold on the open market, but the ethane is supplied to Qatar Petroleum.

The supply of the additional gas through the existing 48-inch subsea pipeline, under this new agreement, will be allocated to Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority and Ras Al Khaimah Gas using the existing UAE Eastern Gas Distribution System (EGDS). The EGDS, along with the Taweelah Receiving Facility and the Taweelah-Fujairah Pipeline, ensures the receipt and distribution of natural gas from Dolphin Energy’s gas processing plant in Ras Laffan, Qatar, to its customers across the UAE and Oman, in a safe and reliable manner. The agreement was reached and signed in the framework of the brotherly relations and cooperation between Qatar and the UAE and in line with the goals set by both countries to expand areas of cooperation and pursue of mutually beneficial opportunities between them in all fields, especially in the field of energy.

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Al-Kaabi and al-Sayegh signing the new long-term gas sale and purchase agreement in the presence of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and the UAE Minister of State and chief executive of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Dr Sultan bin Ahmed al-Jaber

The SPA was signed yesterday in Doha by Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, president and chief executive of QP; and Ahmed Ali al-Sayegh, managing director of Dolphin, in the presence of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and the UAE Minister of State and chief executive of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Dr Sultan bin Ahmed al-Jaber. Al-Kaabi described the agreement as another important achievement for the first cross-border gas pipeline project in the Middle East demonstrating Qatar’s continued commitment to regional energy cooperation. “This agreement reinforces confidence in Qatar as a reliable regional and international supplier of gas as a clean energy source.” he said, stressing QP’s commitment to meeting the UAE’s rising demand for gas.
“These developments help support the UAE’s development and transition to a low carbon economy and demonstrate our continued commitment to enhance energy security for the UAE by offering a source of reliable, clean energy for power generation,” al-Sayegh said. Highlighting that the success of the Dolphin Gas project is, in part, driven by its ability to meet the needs of customers, he said as their requirements have changed, so it has also responded accordingly and worked closely with its strategic partner, QP, to make this possible.

Dolphin started gas supply to the UAE in July 2007 and in February 2008, achieved full throughput of 2bn standard cubic feet (scf) per day and been delivering the gas to the UAE and Oman. It is meeting 30% of the UAE’s energy requirements and delivering significant volumes of natural gas to each of the country’s seven emirates. Dolphin Energy’s customers include Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company, which receives an average 994mn scf of gas per day; Dubai Supply Authority (730mn scf); and Oman Oil Company (200mn scf), according to its website. Last year, the company upgraded its compression facilities and installed three new export gas compressors at its gas processing plant in Ras Laffan to match its export gas pipeline’s supply capacity of 3.2bn scf per day.


Sources: QGN, Gulf News, Gulf Times, CAYE Global News, Reaures, BBC, Dr. Theodore Theodoropoulos ”The Secret World of Energy”, ed. 2011 by Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Agency News, CNN.