Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction (Adgas) said it expects to complete expansion of its natural gas processing facilities by mid-2018 to help meet rising local demand, reported Gulf News.

The expansion project at Das Island will add around 400 mcf/d to the current 1 bcf/d from the offshore fields. It would also include extending an offshore pipeline to boost gas transfer from offshore to onshore as part of the UAE’s plans to meet demand.

According to Trade Arabia Adgas and Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (Gasco) had announced previously that they had awarded about $1.6 billion worth of contracts for the project.

Adgas also said last year that it planned to increase gas production to as much as 2.4 billion standard cu ft (scf) per day by 2017, from 2 billion scf per day