Dodsal wins Buraimi pipeline contract

31 January 2003
India's Dodsal received on 22 January a letter of award for the contract to build a gas export pipeline from Mahdah, near Buraimi, to Al-Ain in the UAE. The contract, placed by Oman Gas Company (OGC), involves the installation of a 45-kilometre-long, 24-inch-diameter branch line that will convey about 120 million cubic feet a day of Omani gas into the network of Abu Dhabi-based Dolphin Energy (DEL). The pipeline will tie into the recently-completed Fahud-Sohar pipeline. The provisional value of the contract is RO 18.9 million ($48.5 million - MEED 10:1:03).

Bids are due on 17 February for the contract to supply the main X65 carbon-steel gas pipes and induction bends for the project, which is scheduled for completion by December. Most of the gas is intended for use as feedstock for the Fujairah power and desalination plant until deliveries of Qatari gas arrive in 2006/07 (MEED 13:12:02).

Additional volumes of gas may also be supplied into the distribution network of Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat)via a proposed 23-kilometre spur line from the main DEL Al-Ain-Fujairah pipeline to its central compressor station in Sharjah (see below).

The Buraimi pipeline is significant as it will effectively link the UAE and Omani gas grids, raising the possibility of the sultanate being able to import as well export gas.

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