Dolphin gas pipeline completed
Pipeline links Taweelah terminal to Fujairah IWPPs.
Dolphin Energy, the joint venture responsible for building a pipeline linking the gas terminal in Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, with the power plants in the emirate of Fujairah, on Tuesday announced the completion of the project.
The 244 kilometre Taweelah – Fujairah Pipeline (TFP) project took three years to plan and construct, with contractor Stroytransgaz having to plough a path through the rugged mountain terrain of Fujairah.
The 48 inch diameter pipeline has the capacity to deliver 1.6 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day, enough to satisfy the needs of the Fujairah I & II independent power and water projects (IWPPs).
The commissioning of the pipeline will begin on Wednesday, December 1, according to a Dolphin spokesperson.
Dolphin, a joint venture between oil giant Total and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company, supplies natural gas from the Ras Laffan refinery in Qatar to Taweelah via an underwater pipeline, easing the emirates’ feedstock shortage.
In May 2010, the 2,000MW Fujairah II IWPP started commissioning, making the supply of gas from a pipeline in Al Ain inadequate.
The additional electricity will be needed to meet increasing household and industrial demand in Fujairah, and if plans for an oil refinery in the emirate are going to materialise. Fujairah already has a large and expanding oil storage facility and a pipeline is transporting crude from Abu Dhabi’s oil field.
Stategically locaed on the UAE’s eastern coast, Fujairah is a growing transport hub for tankers seeking to bypass the Straits of Hormuz.
In April this year, the completion of the second milestone, 127 kilometers inland, was delayed. At the time, Dolphin said the delay would not impact the timeline of the project.