Adnoc Eyes Unconventional Route To Gas Independence

Abu Dhabi state firm Adnoc is “thinking outside the box” in its bid to ramp up gas output to liberate the UAE from a dependency on imports, says upstream chief Abdulmunim al-Kindy. Key contract awards at this week’s Adipec conference back up his words, whilst Total says unconventional output could start as early as 2019.

Adnoc has advanced its ambitious gas development plans in recent days with multiple key contracts signed on the sidelines of the Adipec conference in Abu Dhabi.

Most notable was a long-term concession deal with Total for unconventional gas development. The French major is confident it can begin producing here as early as next year.

It was only last week that the Abu Dhabi state firm announced that the Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) had approved its “new integrated gas strategy” for securing gas self-sufficiency for the UAE. But with the green light signaled, Adnoc is acting swiftly ( MEES, 9 November ). Its gas development strategy has three central tenets – development of sour gas fields, unconventional reserves and Abu Dhabi’s sizeable gas caps. Progress is now being made on all three fronts. (CONTINUED - 1591 WORDS)