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Dolphin prepares for commercial take off

Dolphin Energy, the natural gas project that will import gas from Qatar's North Field to the UAE, is on track for a full commercial launch in June.

Dolphin Energy, the natural gas project that will import gas from Qatar's North Field to the UAE, is on track for a full commercial launch in the first week of June.

Speaking in Singapore last week, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, CEO, Dolphin Energy told Reuters that volume through the pipeline would reach 606 million m3 per day by the end of the year. He added that the firm was also in talks with Qatar to raise the volume to the pipeline's capacity of 970 million m3 per day.

The project is the first cross-border gas line in the Gulf region, and is designed to help meet surging energy demand in the UAE as a consequence of the construction boom driven by record oil revenues. It had originally been projected to begin operations in mid-Summer.

Dolphin Energy's first initiative, the Al Ain to Fujairah Pipeline, came on stream in January 2004 to supply 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 Ras Al Khaimah, delivered via a tie-in near Oidfa between Dolphin's Al Ain - Fujairah pipeline and the existing Emarat gas pipeline network. And following testing last month of the Taweelah facilities, Dolphin Energy began supplying 120 million m3 of gas to Dubai.

Abu Dhabi government-run Mubadala Development Co. owns 51% of Dolphin Energy, with France's Total and Occidental Petroleum each holding a 24.5% stake.

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