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Delayed Dolphin pipeline extension completedby Utilities ME Staff on May 6, 2010
Dolphin Energy on Wednesday announced the completion of the Taweelah-Fujairah gas pipeline’s delayed second milestone.
The pipeline will now have the capacity to supply the existing Fujairah I Integrated Water and Power Plant as well as the Fujairah II plant, which is set to come online within Q2, and will be the biggest of its kind in the UAE.
With the second milestone complete, Dolphin Energy is able to transport 350 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day to the east coast of the UAE, providing sufficient gas transportation capacity required to fully operate both power stations.
The project’s original completion date had been March 1, which the company failed to meet due to difficulties in attaining permission for the pipeline to cut across roads and land close to industrial installations, Dolphin said in a statement. Permissions were needed for crossing five major roads and more than 150 restricted locations.
This additional transportation capacity is made possible by the completion of a 128 kilometer, 48 inch pipeline from Dolphin’s Taweelah Receiving Facilities to a hot tap connection on the existing Al Ain Fujairah 24 inch pipeline.
“The construction challenge has been phenomenal considering the timeframe and the tough conditions associated with laying a 48 inch pipeline across the harsh desert and mountainous terrain,” said Ibrahim Ahmed Al Ansari, general manager at Dolphin Energy.