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Dolphin may start UAE gas export plant

The energy giant could begin exporting gas to the Emirates from a plant in Qatar by end of June.

Abu Dhabi-based Dolphin Energy could start facilities in Qatar slated to process two billion cubic feet per day of gas for export to the United Arab Emirates by the year's end, industry sources said on Thursday.

The gas is much needed in the UAE, which is struggling to meet demand for the fuel for power generation, heavy industry and petrochemicals.

The start up is 3-4 weeks late, as Dolphin had previously scheduled the full commercial launch of its project in the first week of June.

"The start is imminent," said one industry source. "It will be by the end of June."

First gas from the Dolphin Qatar processing facilities should reach the UAE in July if the plants start in June, industry sources said.

The pipeline for the exports to the UAE was completed last year, and Dolphin began using it in March to bring 400 million cubic feet per day of gas processed by state-owned Qatar Petroleum to the emirate of Dubai.

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