By Q3 of 2010, gas pipeline to be finished by UAE’s Dolphin

Dolphin Energy is likely to complete the construction of the gas pipeline Qatar to the east coast of the UAE during the third quarter 2010.

UAE imports about 2 billion cubic feet per day (cfd) of gas in Abu Dhabi from Qatar to cater for one third of the demand. However the gas consumption in the UAE has increased manifolds. UAE has fifth largest of the world's gas reserves.

The gas pipeline will be 240 kilometres (150 miles) long from Abu Dhabi's Taweelah, the receiving point of Qatari gas to Fujairah on the east coast.

Spokesperson of the company said, "The project is on track to be completed by the third quarter of 2010. The project had experienced delays in the early phase of construction."

According to the company, the testing of the new power plant on the east coast has been completed and is ready to receive gas for the Qidfa power and water plant in Fujairah.

The portion of the gas pipeline from Taweelah connecting to the gas pipeline to the UAE city of Al Ain and then on to Fujairah is expected to be completed during February.

This would enable the supply of gas to the power plant in Qidfa till such time the gas supply via the Taweelah-Fujairah pipeline commences.

Mubadala Development Co owns 51 percent of Dolphin where as France's Total and U.S. energy major Occidental Petroleum each have 24.5 percent stake.

Dolphin has been the first gas project across the Gulf Arab region and import of gas began in 2004 from Oman to the UAE where as the gas supplies from Qatar to the UAE commenced during 2007.

Stroytransgaz of Russia got the contract of $418 million in July 2008 for building the Fujairah-Taweelah pipeline.