Dolphin Energy Awards Survey Contracts to Fugro

Fugro has won four separate contracts for surveys and environmental studies for a multi-billion-dollar project to deliver Qatari gas abroad from Dolphin Energy. The contracts call for offshore and onshore geotechnical surveys and midstream and upstream environmental impact assessment studies. The work is expected to be completed in approximately eight months and are worth $5 million.

Fugro Survey (Middle East) Ltd. will carry out the route survey and EIA of the offshore pipeline, as well as that of the onshore facilities at Ras Laffan in Qatar, Taweelah in Abu Dhabi and Jebel Ali in Dubai.

The survey and EIA contracts follow December's award of the $10.3 million upstream front end engineering and design (FEED) contract to Foster Wheeler of the United States with France's Sofresid.

The Dolphin project aims to create a regional grid exporting gas from Qatar to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman and eventually Pakistan.

In a project estimated at an overall cost of up to $10 billion, the gas is to be transported by a 220 mile undersea pipeline from Qatar to the Abu Dhabi coast.

The gas will be distributed inside Abu Dhabi and neighboring Dubai through existing networks and transported between the two through a pipeline for which technical bids have already been submitted. The pipeline will then continue overland to Oman and from there to Pakistan through an undersea pipeline. The extension to Pakistan is expected to cost up to an additional $3 billion.

Qatar sits on the world's third largest proven gas reserves, after Russia and Iran, estimated at more than 500 trillion cubic feet (14 trillion cubic meters).