Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced a new discovery of 80 trillion standard of cubic feet (TSCF) of shallow gas in the area between Saih Al Sidirah in Abu Dhabi and Jebel Ali in Dubai of UAE, according to a statement.

The company said the new discovery will enhance the implementation of the country’s target of accelerating the development of hydrocarbon resources as well as achieving self-sufficiency of natural gas.

On the same sequence, ADNOC signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) for further exploration and development operations of shallow gas resources in the area between Abu Dhabi and Dubai after this new discovery, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The agreement was signed between the General Director of DUSUP,  Ahmed bin Saeed and the Minister of State and CEO of ADNOC, Sultan Ahmed El Jaber. The signing ceremony was also witnessed by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed.

During the signature ceremony, bin Saeed said that his company looks forward to further work with ADNOC for more explorations of gas resources in the area between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

He noted that the new discovery was made within an area of 5,000 square km and ADNOC drilled more than ten exploration wells.

According to the WAM, the gas produced will be supplied to DUSUP, to support Dubai’s economic growth and promote its energy security.

Moreover, the discovered reservoir is unique and named as ‘shallow gas’, because it contains high-quality organic gas at relatively shallow depths from the earth’s surface.