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Adnoc boosts gas liquids production

Adnoc plans to increase gas liquids production by more than 50% in the next five years, as demand for gas in the Middle East is growing faster than for oil.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) plans to increase gas liquids production by more than 50% in the next five years, as demand for gas in the Middle East is growing faster than for oil. The production of natural gas, liquid natural gas (LNG), gas liquids such as LPG and condensates is equivalent to 1.2 million barrels of oil per day, roughly half the current production of crude oil from the UAE.

The national oil company stressed the need to increase gas liquids production in a recent seminar on ‘Sour gas production and sulphur handling’ held in Abu Dhabi.

“Adnoc has recognised the demand growth and has planned projects to increase the production of gas liquids by more than 50% in the next five years,” said Kamal Morsi of the onshore division of Adnoc’s exploration and production directorate.

Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd (Gasco), a subsidiary of Adnoc, is the operating company responsible for the processing of natural and associated gas from onshore oil operations in Abu Dhabi. Gasco is one of the largest gas processing companies in the world, with a processing capability in excess of 4 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (scfd), producing 140,000 barrels of condensate, 4,000 tonnes of sulphur and 18,000 tonnes per day of natural gas liquids (NGL). The Ruwais plant processes the NGL from the desert plants to produce ethane, propane, butane and pentane plus. The ethane produced at Ruwais is delivered to Borouge petrochemical complex, and propane and butane are stored in special tanks for export shipment to customers around the world. Gas liquids production does not fall under the OPEC constraint on crude oil production.

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