Abu Dhabi-based Dolphin Energy has completed the construction of a 48-inch natural gas pipeline running from Taweelah on the Gulf coast to Fujairah on the UAE’s Indian Ocean coast, the company announced in a 30 November press release.

Commissioning activity for the pipeline began on 1 December. Russia’s Stroytransgaz was awarded the $418m engineering, procurement and construction contract by Dolphin in mid-2008 (MEED 23:7:08).

The 244 kilometre pipeline will supply 1.6 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d) of natural gas for two power stations built by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (Adwec).

The pipeline crosses the Hajar mountain range in Fujairah, a technically demanding section of the scheme, rising to a peak of 680 metres above sea level where it will tie in with the existing Al-Ain-to-Fujairah pipeline.

Since 2007 Dolphin Energy’s main initiative, the Dolphin Project has produced natural gas from Qatar’s giant North field gas reservoir, via two unmanned production platforms. The gas is then processes at an onshore processing and compression plant, at Ras Laffan in northern Qatar, before being transported in sub-sea export pipeline to gas receiving facilities at Taweelah and on to Oman.

Adwec, Dubai Supply Authority and Oman Oil Company have signed 25-year gas supply agreements with the company since 2007.

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company owns a 51 per cent stake in Dolphin Energy along with French oil major Total and the US’ Occidental Petroleum, each with a 24.5 per cent share.