Together with Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi officially inaugurates the US$10 billion project of Al Hosn sour gas project situated in Al Gharbia, 210 kilometres south-west of Abu Dhabi city.
Ribbon cutting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Chief Executive of ADNOC Sultan Al Jaber and incoming Chief Executive of Occidental Petroleum Vicki Hollub, who all accompanied Sheikh Mohamed on the tour event.
The Al Hosn Gas project, of which, ADNOC owned 60% majority of shares and 40% by Occidental, is the world’s largest ultra-sour gas development project as it dugs out 1 billion cubic feet of ultra-sour gas from the gasfield per day. The gas collected in the dessert is moved into UAE’s gas transmission network to meet the demand for natural gas consumption which has been rising at 6 percent per year, causing the country to import since 2008.
To meet the UAE energy needs, Ms. Hollub states that Occidental is looking at the possibility of expanding the Al Hosn gas project. It now provides about 10 percent of UAE’s natural gas, a much needed form of renewable energy that can supply water and electricity to more than 200,000 houses.
The main challenge of recovering sulphur on an unparalleled scale is why this project is being watchely closed by the industry worldwide. Last year, the gas project produced about 2 million tonnes of sulphur and an estimated 3.2 million tonnes will be produced this year.
Sheikh Mohammed extends his support and high praises to ADNOC for leading the way on putting UAE as a reliable and secure source of natural gas. It is a prime example of how ADNOC utilises innovative solutions to deliver strategic objectives and maintain its competitive edge.
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