Adnoc to play key role in global energy sector

ABU DHABI - The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) is working on an ambitious plan to maintain its role as a key player in the global energy sector, by setting up one of the world's largest gas production plants, while the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), is engaged in projects to increase crude oil production from one million barrels per day to 1.4 million barrels per day by 2006.

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Published: Thu 5 Aug 2004, 9:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:43 AM

The Adnoc plant will be operational when a current project, aimed at increasing the production capacity of the Habshan Gas Complex is completed. The project will increase production to 4.5 million (cmpd) by year 2007, said a report released by Adnoc on the occasion of 38th Accession Day of the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Adnoc also began a massive Onshore Gas Development Project (OGD), of which phases II and I have already been completed. As part of phase III, a new gas processing plant with a capacity of 1.2 million (cmpd) will be constructed. The new facility is set to not only boost production but also increase revenues tremendously. The expansion of the production will involve other companies of the Adnoc Group, namely the Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited (Gasco) and The Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (TAKREER). Gasco will increase its production of Ethane and Ethylene so as to meet the new investments in the petrochemicals.

According to the report issued by WAM news agency, it will also have to introduce new pipelines to transport natural gas and condensates to Ruwais.

On the activities of the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer), the company has said that it would continue to embark during the current year on a number of major projects, including inter refinery pipelines, Sulphur Recovery Unit (SRU) at Ruwais and expansion of general utilities.

The company said it had decided to proceed with inter refinery pipelines since such option was environmentally safer with lower life cycle cost and advantages of supply to Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Ain city. Contract for Front End Engineering Design (FEED) was awarded to Engineers India Limited (EIL) New Delhi on July 13, 2003 with duration of 52 weeks. Latest expansion of Takreer General Utilities Plant (GUP) at Ruwais involved addition of four type 13E2 Alstom gas turbines each of 127.5 MW capacity and two water desalination units of 15000 cu. m/day capacity. This expansion was successfully commissioned and tested in October 2002. The initial concept and planning of the project was that GUP would operate on an "island" basis providing power and utilities to the plants in Ruwais Industrial Complex only. Subsequently, in the year 2000 it was decided to vary the project by providing a link to the 220 KV National Grid. To date more than 1.7 million MW of power and 10.6 million cubic meters of water has been produced from the expanded facility. The Sulpur Recovery Unit project is likely to be completed in the third quarter 2005 followed by demolition of existing unit by first quarter 2006.

TAKREER: The company last month announced that the front end engineering and design, FEED, for its Inter-Refinery Pipeline project had been completed and that the EPC contract for the project is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2005. Takreer said that the FEED was now complete and forms the basis of an enquiry package to seek lump sum turn-key priced quotations on a competitive basis for Engineering, Procurement and Construction including commissioning for the IRP Project. Following an extensive evaluation process for potential contractors, the following EPC Contractors will be invited to bid the project: Eastern Bechtel Co. Ltd. (Bechtel) of USA/UK, Howe Baker Eastern Limited (C.B.I./John Brown) of UK, Clough Engineering Limited of Australia, Dodsal PTE Ltd. of India National Petroleum Construction Company of UAE, Techint Int. Construction Corporation (TENCO) of Italy/South America, Technip Germany GmbH of Germany and Wilbros Middle East, INC. of USA The EPC Contract is anticipated to be awarded during first Quarter of 2005 with an implementation schedule of 31 months for hand over of the facilities to TAKREER in the 3rd Quarter 2007. Takreer said that the IRP Project will enhance the safe and efficient operation of the two refineries and further safeguard the environment through elimination of the need to transfer products between the two sites through marine tanker operation. The overall objective of the Project will meet TAKREER's core value to provide a healthy, safe and environmentally friendly operations. (TAKREER).

ADCO: On the activities of the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations, the company has engaged in expansion projects to increase crude oil production from one million barrels per day to 1.4mbpd by 2006.

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