Dolphin Energy Delivers First Gas Through Oman Pipeline Link

Dolphin Energy reports that the company’s first supplies of natural gas from Oman had been safely received by pipeline at its control station in Al Ain — the first ever cross-border gas transmission in the history of the GCC.

Dolphin will transport the gas through its recently completed, 24-inch,182-kilometer gas pipeline to a new power and desalination plant in Fujairah.

The plant, owned by Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC), will henceforth receive some 135 million cubic feet of gas every day from Dolphin — once the pipeline commissioning process is complete. The gas will be the initial energy feedstock for UWEC’s 656 MW power station and 100 million gallons a day (mg/d) desalination plant. Dolphin Energy CEO, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, said: “Dolphin is now in business. This is a historic moment, since it marks our first gas supplies to a customer, as well as the first gas transmission across GCC national borders.

“Dolphin is proud to have contributed to this occasion, and we are particularly grateful to the Oman Government for their encouragement and support. We could not have undertaken this strategic energy initiative without them.”

Saeed Al Mazrooei, Dolphin’s Deputy VP Projects, added: “The Omani authorities and Oman Oil Company (OOC) have helped us at every turn — to ensure that we received our gas on time, of the right quality and at the right place. We look forward to a long working relationship.”

Last year, on February 6, 2003, Dolphin Energy signed a sales agreement with OOC to provide it with gas for Fujairah for a term of between 3.5 and 5 years. On the following day, Dolphin signed a sales agreement to supply UWEC for the same period. Dolphin’s gas supplies from Oman to UWEC will subsequently be replaced by Dolphin gas from Qatar. The border connection will thereafter be used to supply Qatari gas to Oman, as and when required.

The benefits of the Dolphin pipeline for UWEC, and thus for the UAE, are expected to be considerable. UWEC will supply badly-needed water to the Northern Emirates, to Dhaid in Sharjah and to Sweihan in Abu Dhabi – as well as providing up to 500 MW of power to the Federal Water & Electricity Authority (FEWA).

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 pipeline to the UAE, beginning in 2006.

Dolphin Energy’s first energy initiative came on stream in 1st Quarter 2004.This pipeline will supply a new power and desalination plant on the UAE’s East Coast – initially with natural gas from Oman, and subsequently with Dolphin gas from Qatar.

Dolphin Energy is owned 51 percent by Mubadala Investment Company, on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi – and 24.5 percent each by Total of France and Occidental Petroleum of the USA.