Occidental Petroleum Corporation announced that the giant Dolphin Project, one of the largest energy projects ever to be undertaken in the Middle East, is fully operational and delivering natural gas from its own production wells to customers in the United Arab Emirates. Deliveries to customers in Oman are expected to begin in the near future resulting in a unique regional gas grid.

The Dolphin Project produces natural gas from the North Field offshore Qatar, the world’s largest single gas reservoir. A 48-inch, 370 kilometer (230 mile) sub sea pipeline, transports the natural gas from one of the world’s largest natural gas processing plants in Ras Laffan to the Taweelah receiving facility in the UAE.

Initial Dolphin Project production is expected to ramp-up throughout the balance of the year, approaching two billion cubic feet per day by year-end.

Beginning in early 2008, Oxy’s net share of production is expected to be in the range of 60,000 to 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and remain in that range for the foreseeable future. The project is structured to generate a steady stream of cash and earnings to Oxy for the next 25 years. Oxy was awarded its 24.5 percent interest in the Dolphin Project by Abu Dhabi in 2002.

(Gulf Oil & Gas News)