Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) sour gas subsidiary said on Sunday that work on pipeline to transport molten sulphur from its Shah field operations was on track.
The pipeline will carry sulphur from a main processing plant to a granulation plant located 11km away, ADNOC Sour Gas said.
Once there, it will be “granulated, stockpiled, and ultimately transported, via rail, to a Sulphur handling terminal at ADNOC’s Ruwais Downstream hub”.
Engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning work on the pipeline is being carried out by Germany’s MMEC Mannesmann.
The pipeline is due to be officially commissioned in 2019.
ADNOC is increasing sour gas processing by 50 per cent under a partnership with Occidental Petroleum.
Under the plans, the company will become one of the world’s largest sulphur producers.
It currently processes one billion cubic feet of sour gas per day, with the Shah plant producing 500 million cubic feet of network gas, 4,400 tonnes of natural gas liquids, 33,000 barrels of petroleum condensates and 10,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur in the same period.
ADNOC has announced plans to spend more than Dhs400bn ($109bn) in the next five years to boost gas output and invest in international downstream activities.