US mini major Occidental (Oxy) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) are to expand the 1bn cfd Al-Hosn gas plant in the UAE. The 8 November announcement reaffirmed Oxy’s commitment to its remaining Middle East assets, and the increasingly important role of gas in its portfolio.

The Al-Hosn plant (Adnoc 60%, Oxy 40%) reached full capacity last year and processes 1bn cfd of sour gas from the onshore Shah gas field (see map, p3), producing 500mn cfd of sales gas, along with 33,000 b/d of condensate and 4,400 tons/day of NGLs. It is therefore of considerable importance to the UAE, which produced 55.8bcm of gas in 2015 (5.4bn cfd), but had to resort to LNG and piped imports to cover a 13.3bcm (1.3bn cfd) supply shortfall (MEES, 30 September). (CONTINUED - 882 WORDS)