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Dolphin awards $418mn contract to Russians

UAE-based firm announces major contract in connection with new gas pipeline.

UAE-based Dolphin Energy on Tuesday announced the award of a $418 million construction contract to Stroytransgaz, one of Russia’s largest construction companies, for its new gas pipeline from Taweelah in Abu Dhabi to Fujairah.

Site work will begin during the third quarter of this year, it said.

The pipeline will link Dolphin Energy's gas receiving facilities at Taweelah, on the coast of Abu Dhabi, with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority’s Power and Water Desalination Plant at Qidfa in Fujairah.

It is designed to carry significant quantities of Dolphin gas from Qatar via Taweelah directly to the UAE’s east coast.

The new gas pipeline is to be laid over an environmentally approved cross-country route through more than 240 km of desert and mountain side, the company said.

With a diameter of 48 inches, it will be one of the longest and largest overland pipelines in the UAE.

Eight international construction companies initially bid for the work and technical tenders were accepted from five.

These were: Al Jaber Energy Services of the UAE; Consolidated Contractors International (CCC) of Greece; Dodsal of India; Stroytransgaz PJSC of Russia and Saipem/Snamprogetti of Italy.

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