Dolphin Energy’s Dolphin Gas Project was created in 1999 to produce, process and transport by pipeline natural gas from Qatar’s North Field to the UAE and Oman, in support of long-term industrial growth.
Since July 2007, the company has been producing, processing and supplying substantial quantities of natural gas from offshore Qatar to the United Arab Emirates and, as of October 2008, to Oman.
The overall investment in constructing the Dolphin Gas project has made it one of the largest energy-related ventures ever undertaken in the Middle East, at a cost of US$4.8 billion.
The first gas was transported through Dolphin’s Export Pipeline to the UAE in July 2007 and first shipments of condensate were made from Ras Laffan that September.
Production reached the maximum authorized throughput of 2 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (scf/day) in February 2008.
The raw gas comes from Qatar’s North Field, the largest single non-associated gas field in the world. It is produced from 24 wells 80 kms offshore and is then transported to Qatar’s Ras Laffan by pipeline for processing.
The Gas Processing Plant – Dolphin’s plant at Ras Laffan Industrial City strips out valuable commercial products -- condensate, LPGs, ethane and sulfur—for sale locally and on world markets. The resulting processed gas is then transported by pipeline to the UAE and (since October 2008) to Oman.
The 48-inch Export Pipeline, completed in August 2006, runs over 364 kms from Ras Laffan to Taweelah in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where gas receiving facilities monitor throughput and handle distribution to customers.
In September 2005, Dolphin Energy contracted to supply up to 200 million scf/day of natural gas to Oman from 2008 for 25 years. Supply began after Oman’s new cross-border facilities near Buraimi were commissioned at the end of October, 2008.
The Export Pipeline initially carries gas at a maximum rate of 2 billion standard cubic feet per day, with provision for this to be expanded to 3.2 billion cubic feet per day, subject to a future agreement with Qatar.
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