The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will cover the installation of a 178-kilometre-long, 24-inch-diameter pipeline from Al-Ain to Qidfa, the site of the power and desalination plant, and related works.

Austria’s ILF Consulting Engineers has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work.

The proposed pipeline will have an initial capacity of 170 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) with plans to increase it to 350 million cf/d at a later date.

At the initial stage, gas for the proposed pipeline will be supplied from the central manifold at Maqta, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, operated by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. From 2005, DEL will supply gas under the Dolphin project.