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THE ECONOMY - OIL AND GAS

ADCO to raise production to 1.4m bpd

Posted on 16/03/2003

The Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) is increasing crude oil production to 1.4 million barrels per day by 2005. ADCO also, yesterday, awarded JGC Corporation of Japan a Dh334 million engineering, processing and construction (EPC) contract to upgrade crude production capacity at the onshore Bab field from 250,000 bpd to 300,000 bpd. Saeed A. Khoory, assistant general manager (Technical), ADCO, and Kazuo Yamaga, senior managing director, JGC Corp, Japan, signed the contract. ...  >>MORE

OPEC's decision to maintain output ceiling is a good one: Nasiri

Posted on 12/03/2003

Vienna - Obaid bin Saif Al Nasiri, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources yesterday hailed OPEC's decision to maintain its oil production quotas at 24.5 million barrels per day, bpd as a ‘good one'. In a statement to the Emirates New Agency, WAM, Nasiri said OPEC had increased its crude oil production by three million bpd during the last two months. This has balanced the supply and demand, he said. He said the Iraqi crisis was not discussed during the meeting, but added that OPEC would ...  >>MORE

Emarat in deal to set up joint venture in Egypt

Posted on 12/03/2003

The agreement to launch the joint venture Emarat Misr was yesterday signed by Emarat and Egyptian officials in Cairo. An investment of 100 million Egyptian pounds will be pumped into Emarat Misr (Emarat Egypt), in which the two Egyptian partners; Midtap and Midor will own 48 and 2 per cent respectively while Emarat will own 50 per cent, Rashid Al Shamsi, Emarat general manager, told Gulf News, from Cairo. Under the agreement, the top management team will be represented by executives from ...  >>MORE

Increase in oil production during war depends on war consequences: Al Nasiri

Posted on 11/03/2003

Vienna - Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Obeid bin Saif Al Nasiri has said that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting countries, OPEC, would discuss during its ordinary meeting here tomorrow the issue of meeting any shortfall in oil supply to the international market in case war erupt in the Gulf region. Al Nasiri, said he expects, in this case, a sharp rise in oil prices to be followed by restructuring of the prices, which would depend largely on the consequences of the war. The ...  >>MORE

US$700m ADCO projects to boost output

Posted on 10/03/2003

Two new projects, estimated at US$700 million and to be awarded next month, will enhance crude oil production substantially at Abu Dhabi's onshore fields, officials confirmed. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the two projects - the North East Abu Dhabi (NEAD) and Bu Hasa - are due to be awarded by end-April by the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO). While the NEAD project involves enhancing production at the onshore fields - Rumaitha, Bab and Al ...  >>MORE

Natural gas supplies to boost manufacturing sector

Posted on 09/03/2003

Supplies of natural gas from Abu Dhabi and Qatar to Dubai will encourage the emirate's manufacturing sector to establish new industries and develop some present ones. In fact, the arrival of natural gas will greatly boost the manufacturing sector, which, many traders felt, had not been given much attention, unlike tourism, hotels, banking services and insurance. The manufacturing sector will also receive a fresh boost with the introduction of Dubai's industrial action plan, currently under ...  >>MORE

GCC oil income up US$246 million a day, region's economy set to grow 3.6% in 2003

Posted on 26/02/2003

GCC states are earning an additional US$246 million a day as a result of higher oil prices, compared with February 2002, a leading Saudi Arabian-based economist today told delegates attending the International Islamic Finance Forum, in Dubai. Brad Bourland, Chief Economist at Riyadh's Saudi American Bank (Samba), said higher oil prices, currently US$ 36.61, compared to US$20.24 a year ago, are driving strong liquidity growth in GCC states for the second year running, according to a press ...  >>MORE

OPEC will take action if war breaks out in Iraq: Nasseri

Posted on 23/02/2003

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Obaid bin Saif al Nasseri said on Saturday that OPEC would take necessary action to cover any break in Iraqi oil supplies if war erupts, but he did not explain what measures will be taken. 'OPEC has not taken any decision to change its output ceiling of 24.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in the event of war against Iraq,' Nasseri told reporters after talks with his Russian counterpart Igor Yusufov. 'The UAE doesn't want a war in the region. We hope ...  >>MORE

Second hike in diesel prices in two weeks

Posted on 19/02/2003

Abu Dhabi yesterday announced a seven per cent increase in diesel prices, the second price hike in nearly two weeks, and industry sources said the move was meant to prevent a repetition of massive manipulations during the 1990-1991 Gulf crisis. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said it had decided to raise the price of diesel (gas oil) to Dh4.50 from Dh4.20 from yesterday. "Please be advised that with effect from February 18, 2003, the retail price of gas oil will be increased by 30 ...  >>MORE

Dolphin will Buy Omani Gas

Posted on 07/02/2003

Dolphin Energy Limited (DEL) has announced the signature of key contractual gas purchase and sales agreements (GPSAs) - covering the purchase of Omani natural gas from 4th Quarter 2003, and onward sale of this gas to the Fujairah customer: Union Water and Electricity Company - PJSC (UWEC). A company press release said signing ceremonies were held in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday February 5 with UWEC and on Thursday February 6 with Oman Oil Company (OOC). 'DEL is currently constructing a 182 kilometre, ...  >>MORE

Dolphin Energy names Mitsui for Qatar-UAE pipeline procurement mandate

Posted on 28/01/2003

Dolphin Energy Limited (DEL) announced yesterday that it has awarded a mandate to Mitsui & Company Limited of Japan for procurement of the line pipe for the Dolphin Project, following a signing ceremony at the company's headquarters. Mitsui has been selected as the preferred provider of line pipe, fabricated in Japan, for the Dolphin Project. This major strategic energy initiative has been established to produce, process and supply Qatari natural gas by pipeline to the UAE, from 2006, according ...  >>MORE

Arab refining capacity set to grow 10.8 pc by 2010: OAPEC says

Posted on 28/01/2003

Arab refining capacity is expected to increase by 10.8 per cent in 2010 to 7.5 million barrels a day from 6.7 mbd in 2000, predicts the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (AOPEC). In parallel, world refining capacity will rise to 90.7 mbd by 2010 from 82.3 mbd in 2000. 'The largest share of future Arab refining capacity is held by Saudi Arabia, which will have 24 per cent of the total, Kuwait is the second with a share of 13 per cent, Egypt with 12 per cent and UAE with 10 per ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi gas project completed

Posted on 25/01/2003

A major project involving the revamp of gas dehydration units in Abu Dhabi's offshore areas was recently completed. The project was initiated to improve dryness of gas needed for Zakum crestal gas injection project and to eliminate other operating problems, "Gulf News” quoted it from the latest report from ADNOC News. "Another important objective of this project was to install a waste gas handling system on the gas treatment platform (GTP) to eliminate the emission of reboiler off gases," the ...  >>MORE

RAK tests well, makes new gas strike

Posted on 23/01/2003

Ras Al Khaimah yesterday announced a gas find, but it was not yet clear if the find is in commercially viable quantities, a UAE paper reported today. 'Studies have been conducted and preparations have been made to dig 'C' well,' Gulf News quoted Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ras Al Khaimah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler as saying. "If the well has commercial quantities of gas, it will be given to Ras Al Khaimah Gas Authority to develop it into a producing one. The gas will be supplied to ...  >>MORE

Dolphin Energy shortlists four international bidders for onshore EPC works

Posted on 23/01/2003

Dolphin Energy Limited (DEL) has announced a short-list of four qualified bidders for the Onshore EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) works for the Dolphin Project. The 'Call for Tenders' will be issued shortly, according to a press release from Dolphin. The Dolphin Project involves the development of natural gas reserves in Qatar's offshore North Field, their processing onshore at Qatar's Ras Laffan - and transportation by pipeline of a minimum 2 billion cubic feet a day (bcf/d) of ...  >>MORE

Takreer signs Dh64m deal with Dugas

Posted on 21/01/2003

Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co (Takreer) yesterday announced it signed a Dh64 million deal with Dubai Natural Gas Co (Dugas) for supply of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE). The pact was signed in Abu Dhabi by Ali Saeed Al Badi, general manager, Takreer and Mirza Hussain Al Sayegh, deputy chairman, Dugas. MTBE is used as a blending component in the production of Unleaded Gasoline. "Hence this agreement will ensure uninterrupted production of unleaded fuel and will contribute towards the protection ...  >>MORE

Emarat in Dh95m blending venture

Posted on 15/01/2003

Emarat is setting up a Dh95.5 million unleaded gasoline blending, storage and distribution facility in Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone in joint venture with two major industry players - British Petroleum and Trafigura. With this, the terminalling importance of the Gulf - and particularly Dubai's - is expected to grow. "Europe is static. Markets in the Middle East are growing faster in size and so is tankage," said Graham Sharp, Trafigura director. A name for the new three-way joint venture has ...  >>MORE

Emarat net profit at Dh340m in 2002

Posted on 15/01/2003

High crude prices during 2002 took their toll on Emarat's net profit although retail sales rose 8 per cent. Net for last year is expected at Dh340 million against Dh385 million for 2001. Total turnover for 2002 is about Dh2.5 billion. Emarat claims a 48 per cent Dubai and northern emirates market share with 700,000 tonnes of retail sales. It also sells 1.7 million tonnes of diesel, apart from other products, to mainly corporate customers and power stations - where it has better ability to ...  >>MORE

OPEC will review latest decision if necessary: Al Nassiri

Posted on 14/01/2003

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Obeid bin Saif Al Nassiri, said that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, would review whenever the need arises the decision it made yesterday to increase oil output by 1.5million barrels per day to bring down the surging oil prices on the international oil market. The organisation yesterday decided the increase to take effect from February1 and would meet again on March12 in the Austrian capital Vienna. In a statement he made ...  >>MORE

OPEC to hike oil output by 1.5million bpd: Nasiri

Posted on 13/01/2003

Vienna - OPEC agreed on Sunday to raise oil output by 1.5 million barrels per day to make up a shortfall in exports from strike-hit Venezuela, Obeid bin Saif Al Nasiri, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said. The increase will push the group's output with the exception of Iraq to 24.5 million bpd. Nasiri said that OPEC's step shows its credibility in maintaining market balance and providing sufficient supplies of crude oil for the stability of world economy and for finding a fair ...  >>MORE

Nasiri attends OPEC's emergency meeting

Posted on 12/01/2003

Obaid bin Saif Al Nasiri, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, left yesterday for Vienna to attend the emergency OPEC meeting which will open on Sunday. The meeting will discuss production output in view of the current situation in Venezuela, the group's third biggest producer. Sources said here today that OPEC Oil Ministers reached a preliminary consensus during their consultations last week to plug a gap in crude oil supplies created by the Venezuelan six-week old general strike. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi offshore yield up

Posted on 09/01/2003

The introduction of advanced oil exploration and drilling technology has boosted Abu Dhabi's offshore hydrocarbon yield. Production from two main fields has exceeded 400,000 barrels per day, according to official estimates. Crude oil output from the emirate's two giant offshore fields, Zakum and Umm Shaif, has peaked at 420,000 bpd and production could climb further in multi-billion dollar expansion programmes intended to fill any possible gap in global crude supplies. Zakum alone currently ...  >>MORE

ADNOC announces new oil prices

Posted on 07/01/2003

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, has announced an increase in the price of its four varieties of oil for December 2002. In a press release obtained today by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, ADNOC, said that the increase was in conformity with the oil prices increase on the world oil market. The press release quoted the new prices as US US$27.15 per barrel (p/b) for the Murban crude oil, USUS$27.20 pb for the Lower Zakum (B) oil, USUS$26.95 p/b for the Umm Al Sheif (B) crude oil and US ...  >>MORE

OPEC may increase output if prices stay above agreed ceiling

Posted on 06/01/2003

Obeid bin Saif Al Nasiri, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, today said that OPEC countries might be obliged to increase crude output if prices remained above the US$22 to US$28 price band until January 14. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Nasiri said that OPEC would definitely need to put the price mechanism of increasing output into motion if the prices stayed above OPEC ceiling for more than 20 consecutive working days. OPEC members agreed earlier to increase ...  >>MORE

UAE switches to unleaded fuel

Posted on 01/01/2003

Nearly 750,000 vehicles will start using unleaded petrol today, marking a new era in preserving the environment and ensuring clean air for future generations. Over 500 service stations have converted the pumps and stored millions of gallons of unleaded fuel in the largest ever transformation in the country's fuel industry. The operation went smoothly in different parts of the country and leaded petrol was phased out overnight. In spite of the special efforts by the federal government to ...  >>MORE

First natgas plant at Hamriyah FZ

Posted on 01/01/2003

The first compressed natural gas (CNG) plant will be operational at the Hamriyah Free Zone (HFZ) in Sharjah from March this year to provide an alternative for expensive fuel such as petrol. "Compressed Gas Technology (CGT) is being established in the HFZ to cater to the local and international market, especially to countries like Iran, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh," M.G. bin Ghalib Managing Director of the CGT, told Gulf News at the agreement signing ceremony. The agreement was signed ...  >>MORE

500 fuel stations ready to provide unleaded petrol

Posted on 31/12/2002

More than 500 service stations have been equipped to provide unleaded petrol to more 750,000 vehicles when the UAE goes green on January 1, 2003. Dr. Sa'ad Al Numairy, Advisor to the Federal Environmental Agency and head of the media committee, said that the whole petroleum service industry was fully mobilised for the conversion to the unleaded petrol. "The conversion to unleaded petrol for all cars run on UAE roads is a first step towards a better environment," he said. Meanwhile, the ...  >>MORE

IPIC has US$1.35b downstream investments

Posted on 23/12/2002

Abu Dhabi controls nearly US$1.35 billion in downstream oil investment abroad, covering more than 600,000 barrels per day in refining output, 2,800 marketing outlets and hydrocarbon exploration in 11 countries, according to official figures. The emirate's biggest single downstream investment is in the Austrian OMV energy company, in which it owns a 19.5 per cent stake bought a few years ago by the International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC), said a report published in the Oil and Industry ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi mulls CNG for vehicles

Posted on 18/12/2002

In a pioneering move, Abu Dhabi has embarked on a US$1.5 million project to introduce compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles. The pilot project, in its first phase, will provide CNG for 48 taxis through a delivery truck and a filling station at Al Mina. The project will become operational late next year. Jamal Al Dharef, general manager, ADNOC Distribution, said CNG will be sold at half the cost of petrol and, initially, the 48 taxis will be using CNG on an experimental basis. Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

ADNOC cuts diesel price

Posted on 17/12/2002

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said yesterday it has cut diesel price by 20 fils a gallon following a series of increases in petrol prices over the past months. From Dh4.20, the price of gas oil (diesel) was reduced to Dh4 from Sunday, ADNOC said in a statement sent to its clients. "With effect from December 15, the retail price of gas oil (diesel) will be reduced by 20 fils per gallon at all ADNOC distribution filing stations," it said. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

UAE to phase out leaded gasoline with effect from January 2003

Posted on 16/12/2002

The UAE will phase out leaded gasoline and replace it with unleaded gasoline from January 1, 2003, the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced here today. The decision is in line with the GCC Summit resolution which convened in Abu Dhabi in 1998. In July this year, the UAE Cabinet, in its decree No. (339/39,2002) endorsed the complete phase out of the leaded gasoline in the UAE by the beginning of the new year. Announcing the decision today, Nasser Al Sharhan, Acting Under ...  >>MORE

ADMA-OPCO unveils new identity

Posted on 16/12/2002

The Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co (ADMA-OPCO), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first oil shipment from the country, currently produces some 400,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) at its two offshore fields, Zakum and Umm Shaif. The company yesterday unveiled a new logo, and said one of the largest 3D ocean bottom cable (OBC) seismic surveys at Zakum field has been completed. "Since the early 70s, the output at the two fields has increased and the current production in the fields stands ...  >>MORE

OPEC's output cut serves producers: Nassiri

Posted on 13/12/2002

Vienna - OPEC ministers agreed yesterday to raise the official ceiling by 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) to 23 million bpd as of January 1 and cut actual output by 1.7 million bpd. UAE Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Obeid bin Saif Al Nassiri welcomed OPEC's decision as a positive step towards oil market stability if all member states committed to their quota. 'OPEC members should commit themselves to the new output quota so as to achieve the aspired goal of the decision,' he said, ...  >>MORE

UAE supports Saudi Arabia on oil production

Posted on 12/12/2002

UAE Minister for Petroleum and Mineral Resources Obeid Bin Saif Al Nasiri said on Wednesday that the UAE would back the Saudi Arabia proposal for raising the current output ceiling by 1 to 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) and reducing by 1.5 to 2 million bpd excess supplies by member states. "If OPEC fails to take such a decision in its tomorrow's meeting prices will fall to below $20 (Dhs73) a barrel," Nasiri warned. He is in Vienna to participate in the ordinary ministerial conference of the ...  >>MORE

UAE has extracted crude worth US$315b in 40 years

Posted on 06/12/2002

The UAE has extracted nearly US$315 billion worth of crude oil from beneath its arid desert land since it unveiled such a windfall 40 years ago to transform the once negligible tiny oasis into one of the most modern countries, according to official figures. A total of 21.3 billion barrels of crude have been recovered out of the deep in scattered locations since oil began gushing out of the desert and the Gulf waters in 1962, the Ministry of Planning said in its annual economic and social report ...  >>MORE

Arab states set to play major role in global gas market

Posted on 03/12/2002

Arab states are set to play a major role in the fast-growing global gas market as they have done in the oil sector over the past three decades, given their enormous gas reserves and possible new discoveries that could more than double such wealth. The UAE, its partners in the six-nation GCC and other members of the 21-nation Arab League sit atop 40 trillion cubic metres of natural gas, nearly a quarter of the total world reserves, according to the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting ...  >>MORE

UAE NATIONAL DAY REPORT 2002 - Oil

Posted on 02/12/2002

Oil industry in UAE has been influenced by political and economic developments at regional and international arenas during 2002. However, the UAE government has succeeded in addressing these developments, thanks to its far-sighted oil policy and cooperation with the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). In this context, UAE took part in the GCC Oil Cooperation Committees meeting, held in Muscat in October, the 8th Energy Forum in Osaka, Japan, on September 21 and the 7th Arab ...  >>MORE

UAE sits on one-tenth of total world oil reserves

Posted on 01/12/2002

The Middle East is home to a significant percentage of global oil reserves, which have seen a considerable increase following recent exploration results. Estimates indicate that during early 2002, Saudi Arabia alone accounted for over 260 billion barrels of world reserves of 975.15 billion barrels of oil. Iraq was estimated to have about 112.50 billion barrels while the UAE and Kuwait followed closely with 97.80 and 96.50 billion barrels respectively. Other Gulf countries like Qatar and ...  >>MORE

Region to switch over to unleaded petrol next year

Posted on 27/11/2002

Two new grades of unleaded gasoline will replace the current Regular, Premium and Unleaded fuel at all ENOC and EPPCO service stations across Dubai and the Northern Emirates from the first day of 2003. There are over 150 ENOC/EPPCO services stations in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The Phase-out is driven by a UAE Federal Law ratified by they UAE Cabinet in July this year, which puts the UAE in the leagues of industrialised nations that have phased out lead for environmental and health ...  >>MORE

New finds could push up Gulf's oil reserves

Posted on 18/11/2002

Gulf Arab states and neighbouring Iraq and Iran control nearly 35 per cent of the world's total recoverable natural gas resources - and their reserves could surge by more than 50 per cent with expected new discoveries, according to a UAE study. The UAE, its five partners in the GCC, and the other Gulf states of Iraq and Iran sit atop 52,230 billion cubic metres of associated and non-associated gas and their ratio to the population is as high as 456 billion cubic metres for every one million ...  >>MORE

UAE's earnings from oil, gas exports may drop

Posted on 15/11/2002

The UAE's earnings from crude oil and gas exports are expected to slip by around 8 per cent to $23.2 billion this year, while its foreign debt is likely to remain unchanged at nearly $18 billion, according to official Arab figures. UAE's oil and gas revenues totalled nearly $25.3 billion in 2001, and crude output cuts by the country in line with an agreement among producers would depress those earnings by 8.2 per cent to around $23.2 billion, the Abu Dhabi-based Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) said. ...  >>MORE

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ADCO to raise production to 1.4m bpd


OPEC's decision to maintain output ceiling is a good one: Nasiri


Emarat in deal to set up joint venture in Egypt


Increase in oil production during war depends on war consequences: Al Nasiri


US$700m ADCO projects to boost output


Natural gas supplies to boost manufacturing sector


GCC oil income up US$246 million a day, region's economy set to grow 3.6% in 2003


OPEC will take action if war breaks out in Iraq: Nasseri


Second hike in diesel prices in two weeks


Dolphin will Buy Omani Gas


Dolphin Energy names Mitsui for Qatar-UAE pipeline procurement mandate


Arab refining capacity set to grow 10.8 pc by 2010: OAPEC says


Abu Dhabi gas project completed


RAK tests well, makes new gas strike


Dolphin Energy shortlists four international bidders for onshore EPC works


Takreer signs Dh64m deal with Dugas


Emarat in Dh95m blending venture


Emarat net profit at Dh340m in 2002


OPEC will review latest decision if necessary: Al Nassiri


OPEC to hike oil output by 1.5million bpd: Nasiri


Nasiri attends OPEC's emergency meeting


Abu Dhabi offshore yield up


ADNOC announces new oil prices


OPEC may increase output if prices stay above agreed ceiling


UAE switches to unleaded fuel


First natgas plant at Hamriyah FZ


500 fuel stations ready to provide unleaded petrol


IPIC has US$1.35b downstream investments


Abu Dhabi mulls CNG for vehicles


ADNOC cuts diesel price


UAE to phase out leaded gasoline with effect from January 2003


ADMA-OPCO unveils new identity


OPEC's output cut serves producers: Nassiri


UAE supports Saudi Arabia on oil production


UAE has extracted crude worth US$315b in 40 years


Arab states set to play major role in global gas market


UAE NATIONAL DAY REPORT 2002 - Oil


UAE sits on one-tenth of total world oil reserves


Region to switch over to unleaded petrol next year


New finds could push up Gulf's oil reserves


UAE's earnings from oil, gas exports may drop