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ADNOC starts ultra sour gas project

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ADNOC, one of the world's leading oil and gas companies, has inaugurated the Al Hosn sour gas development project, the largest of its kind in the world. The Shah Field plant is the first ultra sour gas project to produce and safely process more than one billion ft3/d of ultra sour gas from a single gas plant. Located in 210 km south west of Abu Dhabi city, Al Hosn is a joint venture between ADNOC and Occidental Petroleum.

The project was inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He was accompanied by Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of ADNOC and Vicki Hollub, President, Chief Operating Officer and incoming CEO of Occidental Petroleum on a tour of the plant.

Al Jaber said, "The inauguration of the Al Hosn Shah sour gas development project is an important milestone for ADNOC, as we maximise the value of Abu Dhabi's gas resources to meet the UAE and the world's growing demand. It is a prime example of how ADNOC utilises innovative solutions to deliver on our strategic objectives and maintain our competitive edge."

The US$10 billion Shah gas development project will produce 504 million ft3 of natural gas, 33 000 bbls of condensates, 4400 t of NGLs and 9900 t of sulphur granules. In 2015 the facility produced 2 million t of sulphur and is forecast to produce 3.2 million t in 2016.

Vicki Hollub said, "The scale of the Shah Field development is larger than any other ultra sour gas field in the world. With our collaborative efforts, we have used our combined expertise to deliver the project on time and on budget. Occidental is looking forward to the possibility of expanding the Al Hosn Gas project to help the UAE meet its energy needs."

ADNOC has a 60% majority share in Al Hosn Gas and Occidental Petroleum 40%.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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