Day: July 27, 2007

New Beach for Abu Dhabi

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All those who are here in Abu Dhabi and all those who visit here say that Abu Dhabi has one of the best Corniche. In order to improve the facilities the authorities are in the process of completing a new stretch of 1.5 kms of beach front – recovering it from the sea. With the speed with which they do it, it is just matter of couple of weeks to enjoy it.


Enoc introduces low sulphur diesel in UAE

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Enoc introduces low sulphur diesel in UAE
Staff Report/GULF NEWS
Published: July 25, 2007, 22:58
Abu Dhabi: The Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), a wholly-owned Dubai government enterprise, yesterday said it has introduced lower sulphur diesel at Enoc/Eppco service stations across Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, conforming to a directive from the UAE government to safeguard the environment.

“The sulphur content in the newly introduced greener diesel has 500 parts per million (0.05 per cent) sulphur content ,down from 2,500 PPM (0.25 per cent) content in the previous diesel,” Enoc said in a statement.

“Enoc is delighted to support the Government of UAE in an initiative for a greener environment. This new move reflects our ongoing commitment to making a positive contribution to curbing pollution and ensuring a cleaner atmosphere,” the statement quoted Enoc Group chief executive Hussain Sultan as saying.



Different sources

An Enoc spokesman told Gulf News that the greener diesel would be sourced from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and India.

“We will have different sources to buy diesel from, but the specifications would remain the same,” said the spokesman.

When asked if the introduction of lower sulphur diesel would have any impact on the prevailing diesel prices in the UAE, the Enoc spokesman said: “The price will follow the international market trends.”

Cleaner alternative

The new diesel offers a cleaner alternative as it is less polluting to the environment because of its lower sulphur content and generates much lower amounts of particulates and NO2, which are well known causes linked to asthma and cancer.

In the UAE, the sulphur content in gas oil has been rapidly coming down from 5,000 parts per million to 2,500 ppm to 500 ppm now, due to initiatives by the oil marketing companies to adhere to globally acceptable vehicular emission norms.

Established in 1993, Enoc aims to promote the interests of its shareholders through the development of further downstream and upstream activities in the oil and gas sector and beyond and to encourage the economic diversification of Dubai and the rest of the UAE.

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Opec oil output to rise in July

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Opec oil output to rise in July
26 July 2007
LONDON — Opec oil output is expected to rise this month due to higher supply from members including Nigeria, Iraq and Angola, a consultant said yesterday.

Opec’s 10 members subject to output limits, all except Iraq and Angola, are set to pump 26.9 million barrels per day, up 100,000bpd from June, said Conrad Gerber, head of Petrologistics, which tracks tanker shipments.

The estimate, while showing rising supply in some Opec countries, indicates top exporter Saudi Arabia is keeping a cap on output in spite of a jump in oil prices towards a record high and consumer calls for more production.

“There’s no major opening of the taps,” Gerber said. “They fear that if they opened the taps, prices would slide.”

Nigeria is raising supply in July by about 100,000bpd to 2.12 million bpd, Gerber said. The increase reflects fewer disruptions to the country’s oil industry from militant attacks in the Niger Delta.

Iranian oil output is also on the increase — climbing by 50,000bpd to 3.95 million bpd.

Overall supply from the 12-member Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is set to rise 300,000bpd to 30.7 million bpd, Petrologistics said, as Iraq and Angola pump more.

Iraqi output is on course to reach 2.08 million bpd, up from 1.94 million bpd in June, because the country is exporting some Kirkuk crude from its northern fields.

Storage tanks at the Turkish port of Ceyhan receive sporadic deliveries of Kirkuk by pipeline from Iraq’s northern oilfields. Iraq sold three million barrels for shipment in July, the first such sale since January.

ADMA-OPCO Abu Dhabi awards Dh1.4b Zakum works

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ADMA-OPCO awards Dh1.4b Zakum works
26 July 2007
ABU DHABI — National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), jointly with Technip, won a contract valuing Dh1.4 billion from ADMA-OPCO, for the Zakum gas processing facilities in the offshore areas of Abu Dhabi.

The project consists of installing gas processing and compression facilities to increase the production capacity of the Zakum field, while maintaining the reservoir pressure.

The new gas compression platform will be connected to the existing lower Zakum platform by a bridge. It will have two gas turbine-driven centrifugal compression trains, a triefthylene glycol dehydration unit, an air cooling unit and vapor recovery system.

The facilities are scheduled to be operational January 2010.

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Fertil Abu Dhabi launches $240m expansion programme

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Fertil launches $240m expansion programme
BY HASEEB HAIDER – Khaleej Times
20 July 2007
ABU DHABI — Ruwais Fertilizer Industries (Fertil), a subsidiary of Adnoc Group, has launched an expansion programme valuing $240 million to add 50 per cent capacity to its Urea manufacturing facilities.

At a ceremony held at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, Fertil signed two contracts for the Urea Plant Debottlenecking Project with Descon Engineering of Pakistan worth $177 million, while a contract was signed with M/s Urea Casale of Switzerland for providing the technology and licence for the Urea Plant modifications.

Mohammed Rashid Al Rashid, General Manager Fertil, speaking on the occasion said:” We have taken a strategic decision to convert our surplus liquid Ammonia into Urea, which is more convenient to store, handle and export.”

He said the Carbon dioxide required for this process will be recovered from the presently vented Reformer Flue Gases, resulting in annual reduction in Green House Gases emissions of approximately 100,000 tonnes of CO2, resulting in 20 per cent reductions. This is very much in line with the International Co2 sequestrations process, clean development mechanism and Kyoto protocol objective.

In addition, the conversion of 90,000 metric tonne per year (MTPD) of ammonia into urea will be supplie to the new Melamine plant and process off gases and carbamate return from the Melamine Plant as well.

Fertil’s plant currently produces 1000 metric tonnes per day (MTPD) Topsoe designed Ammonia and 1500 metric per day (MTPD) Stamicarbon Urea plant. Since, Fertil’s establishment in 1983, the Urea production capacity was increased by 20 per cent. Of 2700 metric tonnes per day manufacturing capacity of urea, about 800 metric tonnes per day will be supplied to the Melamine plant and remaining 1900 metric tonnes per day of Urea production will be Granulated and exported.

The Granulation unit Technology Licence is provided by M/s Uhde Fertilizer Technology of Netherlands and the unit is designed for 2500 metric tonnes per day. The Carbon Dioxide Recovery technology and licence is provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan and the unit will have a capacity of 400 metric tonnes per day of Co2.

Speaking on the occasion, Shaikh Azhar Ali CEO and Managing Director of Descon Engineering said that the company has vast experience in the setting up Urea plants, after establishing the group’s own mega unit in Pakistan.

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Visa to carry applicant’s photograph

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27 July 2007

ABU DHABI — The Department of Naturalisation and Residency in the Ministry of Interior has ordered all the departments of naturalisation and residency in the country to fix the photograph of visa applicants on the visas themselves, stated Brigadier Mohammad Salim bin Oueidah Al Kheili, director general of the department.

According to a fresh guideline, instead of the black and white photocopy a colour photocopy of the applicant’s passport will have to be submitted along with the application for visa. The decision applies to all categories of visas.

The photo of the applicant will be taken from the colour photocopy of the passport and fixed on the visa by the naturalisation and residency departments in the country. The visa with the photo will be submitted at the airport at the time of the arrival of the applicant.

This decision has been implemented at the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department and will come into force immediately at other departments countrywide.

The decision is in line with the directives of Minister of Interior Lt-Gen. Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan to protect against manipulation and tampering of visas.