Dolphin Energy Reports First Gas at Qatar's North Field

DUBAI (Dow Jones Newswires)

Dolphin Energy Ltd., the importer of Qatari natural gas to the United Arab Emirates, said that it produced the first natural gas from its wells in Qatar's North Field.

Dolphin has begun piping the gas from offshore wells in the Persian Gulf to its gas processing plant at the industrial city of Ras Laffan, which is presently in the start-up phase, the company said in an emailed statement.

Once all tests have been completed, 2 billion cubic feet of gas will be transported via a 364-kilometer subsea pipeline to Abu Dhabi, the U.A.E.'s largest emirate, according to the statement.

Dolphin, owned 51% by Abu Dhabi through Mubadala Development Co., didn't specify when commercial gas exports to the U.A.E. will begin.

The company has repeatedly said that first commercial gas flows from its North Field wells are due to start this summer.

Dolphin is producing the Qatari gas under a development and production sharing agreement.

The company is also testing the processed gas for by-products such as condensate, butane and propane, which may be sold separately on the international markets, Dolphin said in the statement.

Total S.A. (TOT) and Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY) each own a 24.5% stake in Dolphin.

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