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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Adnoc brings gas plant onstream to feed Northern Emirates

The Taweelah facility will provide 450 million cubic feet per day of gas

A sign displaying the old name of Adnoc’s gas processing plant at Ruwais refinery. Adnoc looks to achieve gas self-sufficiency by 2025.  Jennifer Gnana / The National
A sign displaying the old name of Adnoc’s gas processing plant at Ruwais refinery. Adnoc looks to achieve gas self-sufficiency by 2025.  Jennifer Gnana / The National

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company brought onstream its Taweelah gas compression plant, which is expected to supply up to 450 million cubic feet per day to meet the requirements of industries in Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.

“[The plant] effectively expands the national gas infrastructure for the efficient delivery of gas within the country,” said Adnoc group chief executive Dr Sultan Al Jaber.

"This will allow Adnoc to better service its customers throughout the UAE and to implement one of our key strategic imperatives, which is to provide a sustainable and economic supply of gas."

The inauguration of the plant located 50 kilometres north of Abu Dhabi follows Adnoc’s announcement earlier this month of the discovery of up to 15 trillion cubic feet of gas, an addition of 7.1 per cent to existing reserves.

Adnoc, which currently produces 10.5 billion cfd of raw gas, plans to add 1 billion cfd before the end of the next decade, as it seeks gas self-sufficiency.

Fuel to the Taweelah gas processing plant will be delivered by the newly installed Maqta-Taweelah pipeline, which has its source at the Habshan gas field and is operated by the state producer’s gas processing subsidiary.

German company Siemens was the main contractor on the project, which comprises three compression trains, each of which has 225 million cfd processing capacity.

At any one time, two of those trains would be operational with a third on standby, the company said.

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Upstream activity in Abu Dhabi’s gas sector is expected to see an uptick following the approval of Dh486 billion by Supreme Petroleum Council earlier this month to spend over the next five years in unlocking the emirate’s largely sour gas caps.

Adnoc’s latest spending commitment does not stop at achieving gas self-sufficiency but also has a bigger aim of becoming a net exporter of the fuel.

According to consultancy Wood Mackenzie, Abu Dhabi could develop significant liquefied natural gas capacity by 2024 on the back of its latest gas discoveries.

Abu Dhabi’s state producer has also begun ramping up efforts to drive upstream exploration work through its ongoing licensing round for six oil and gas blocks this year.

A number of firms have already been awarded concession agreements to develop Abu Dhabi’s sulphurous gas reserves.

Adnoc awarded Italian energy company Eni a 40-year 25 per cent stake in the multibillion dollar Ghasha project, Abu Dhabi’s first ultra-sour gas offshore project in early November.

The firm was looking for more partners to work on the gas concession, according to Dr Al Jaber.

Abu Dhabi’s state producer also awarded French oil major Total a 40 per cent stake to develop the Ruwais Diyab gas concession.