Dolphin Energy Begins Testing UAE Receiving Facilities

Dolphin Energy Limited is currently testing its gas receiving and distribution facilities at Taweelah, Abu Dhabi.

Gas is being received from Qatar Petroleum (QP) for Dolphin's export pipeline connecting Qatar with the UAE – primarily to commission and start up its Taweelah operations in timely fashion. By undertaking this early commissioning program, many weeks of commissioning work will no longer be required in the summer.

As soon as the testing and commissioning of the Taweelah facilities are completed successfully over the next two weeks, Dolphin will start supplying up to 400 million standard cubic feet per day of this gas to Dubai. Once Dolphin's own gas is received from Qatar in mid-summer for UAE customers, the arrangement for the early gas deliveries with QP will come to an end.

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 sub-sea pipeline across joint UAE-Qatari waters to the UAE, beginning in 2006.

Dolphin Energy's first initiative, the Al Ain to Fujairah Pipeline, came on stream in January 2004.The pipeline supplies the Fujairah Water and Power Plant on the UAE's East Coast – initially with natural gas from Oman, and subsequently with Dolphin gas from Qatar. In May 2005, Dolphin began to supply natural gas to the UAE Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The gas is being delivered via a tie-in near Qidfa between Dolphin's Al Ain - Fujairah pipeline and the existing Emarat gas pipeline network.

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