UAE discovers trillions of cubic feet of shallow gas reserves

Posted: February 3, 2020 by oldbrew in Energy, exploration, News
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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company or ADNOC is the state-owned oil company of the United Arab Emirates


Any showboating climate protesters fancy a visit? ‘Keep it in the ground’ could be a hard sell in that part of the world.

The United Arab Emirates, a leading OPEC producer, announced Monday the discovery of huge gas reserves, saying the find would help the Gulf state achieve self-sufficiency, reports Phys.org.

The United Arab Emirates, a leading OPEC producer, announced Monday the discovery of huge gas reserves, saying the find would help the Gulf state achieve self-sufficiency.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) said about 80 trillion cubic feet (2.2 trillion cubic metre) of shallow gas resources were discovered between the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven-member UAE.

“This new discovery reinforces the nation’s goal of achieving gas self-sufficiency, enabling major development projects,” it said in a statement.

Leaders of Abu Dhabi and Dubai witnessed the signing of an agreement between ADNOC and Dubai Supply Authority for the exploration and development of the gas resources.

In November, Abu Dhabi announced new discoveries of seven billion barrels of oil to raise the UAE’s total crude reserves to 105 billion barrels, the world’s sixth largest.

It also announced the discovery of 58 trillion cubic feet of conventional gas, boosting total reserves to 273 trillion cubic feet as well as 160 trillion cubic feet of unconventional gas.

Most of these reserves are located in Abu Dhabi.

Monday’s statements gave no details on the timeframe for the new gas resources to become onstream or the estimated cost of the projects.

Shallow gas resources are reserves found trapped not too deep from the surface but they need advanced technology for production.

The produced gas will be supplied to Dubai which currently imports most of its gas needs from neighbouring Qatar which is under embargo by a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. Gamecock says:

    K. But I don’t know why they need/desire ‘self-sufficiency.’

  2. stpaulchuck says:

    Gamecock, it’s about cashflow. If you have your own well the costs are recycled internally versus paying someone else for their whatever.

  3. tomo says:

    Gamecock

    the Qataris are rubbing *all* their Arab neighbours up the wrong way.

    The Saudis are planning a large (very large) moat along the border with Qatar and Dutch / Belgian dredging companies have a bit of a corporate lottery win to deal with.

    The neighbours will do anything to spite the outcast tribe Al Thanis of Qatar.

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