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Dolphin pumps gas to UAE

The energy giant has started delivering natural gas to the emirates from its Qatar plant to meet supply demands.

Dolphin Energy has for the first time begun delivering natural gas to the UAE from its production wells in Qatar, the company announced on Tuesday.

The regional gas grid - which will shortly also link Oman - is set to guarantee that the UAE's growing economy has a consistent energy supply.

Dolphin is transporting gas from Qatar to its receiving facilities in Abu Dhabi via a 364 kilometre pipeline that runs below the seabed.

The company produces raw gas from wells in Qatar's North Field and processing takes place at its plant in Qatar's Ras Laffan Industrial City.

"The entire Dolphin value chain is now functioning, as we have long envisioned and planned. We are therefore managing and supplying our own gas to our contracted customers, controlling every stage of the process," said HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Chairman of Dolphin Energy.

"The next challenge is to carefully ramp up our production, until we reach targeted pipeline throughput of 2 billion standard cubic feet per day in early 2008," Sheikh Hamdan added.

Dolphin Energy announced last month that it produced its first gas in Qatar and was testing process plants before ramping up exports to the UAE.

Dolphin has said previously it aimed to export 2 billion cubic feet per day to the UAE by the end of the year.

The exports will boost gas available for domestic sales in the UAE, where supplies are short, by nearly 50% from last year's level.

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