Supplies were expected to be flowing to Oman by June but the project was delayed due to compression problems at a receiving plant in the sultanate.

According to Oman Gas Company, a compression station is under development at its Buraimi plant to facilitate the import of low pressure gas from the UAE. Work on the project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2008 (MEED 30:5:08).

Dolphin is already providing the UAE with nearly 2 billion cf/d of gas from Qatar using a sub-sea pipeline.

The main customers for the gas in the UAE are Abu Dhabi Electricity & Water Authority (Adwea) and Dubai Supply Authority (Dusup).

With the delay in connecting Oman, Dolphin has been selling Oman’s gas allocation to the UAE’s Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa) and the northern emirates of Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah.

According to Muscat’s Oil & Gas Ministry, demand in Oman will reach 3.8 billion cf/d by 2010, well above the country’s planned total supply of 2.6 billion cf/d.