Construction on track for Adnoc's new sour gas sulphur pipeline

German firm MMEC Mannesmann is implementing the project's EPCC works

The UAE's Adnoc said the construction of an additional molten sulphur pipeline is 'on track' [representational image].
The UAE's Adnoc said the construction of an additional molten sulphur pipeline is 'on track' [representational image].

The sour gas subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) said construction on a planned pipeline to carry molten sulphur from its Shah field is on track.

According to a statement, engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) works on the new pipeline are being carried out by German firm MMEC Mannesmann, with nearly 60% of the value of the contract set to flow back into the UAE economy under Adnoc’s In-Country Value program.

The new pipeline will carry liquid sulphur from the main processing plant 11km away to a facility where the sulphur is granulated, stockpiled, and transported from to a handling terminal at Adnoc’s Ruwais Downstream hub.

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The move comes as Adnoc steps up its plans, in partnership with US oil and gas giant Occidental Petroleum, to increase processing operations by 50% of existing capacity.

With this in mind, the UAE energy giant said the expansion of the Shah processing facilities would make it “one of the world’s largest producers of sulphur”.

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According to data provided by Adnoc, it processes one billion cubic feet of sour gas each day at present. Of this, the Shah plant produces 500 million cubic feet per day of network gas; 3,991 tonnes per day (tpd) of natural gas liquids; 33,000 barrels per day of petroleum condensates; and roughly 9,071 tpd of pure granulated sulphur.

The new comes a month after China’s Wison Engineering Services won an $80m (AED293.8m) EPCC contract to work on Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company's (Takreer) sulphur recovery unit replacement project.

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