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Abu Dhabi to test in Rumaitha carbon dioxide injection to boost production

Adco selects Alsa for Rumaitha North CO2 Injection

The national oil company Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) and the technology group Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) selected the local engineering company Alsa Engineering & Construction Corporation LLC (Alsa) to build a pilot project for carbon dioxide (CO2) injection in the Rumaitha North field of the United Arab Emirates.

Led by Masdar, the innovation spearhead of Abu Dhabi Emirates, this CO2 injection project is pioneering the delicate balance that Abu Dhabi has defined as a goal to combine the conventional energy sector development together with the emergence of the heavy industries in a context of natural gas shortage.

ADCO_Masdar_Alsa_Rumaitha_Carbon_Injection_MapAbu Dhabi is investing heavily to boost crude oil production in the context of the quotas defined by the OPEC organization for 2018.

This program supposes to explore and develop new fields onshore and offshore, but it also requires to boost the production in existing fields threatening of depletion.

So far the common practice to increase production in maturing oil fields is to proceed to water injection offshore and gas injection onshore.

But over the years the natural gas has also become a valuable resources to supply power generation or feed the petrochemical industry.

Abu Dhabi is already importing natural gas from Qatar through the Dolphin pipeline system, but cannot afford to build its economical development on such a model.

Masdar completed Abu Dhabi Carbon Capture FEED

In this context the carbon dioxide capture and sequestration (CCS) becomes a strategic topic for Abu Dhabi in order to meet its crude oil production target while saving natural gas.

In November 2013, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Masdar established the Masdar Clean Energy joint venture for the development of CCS projects in the Middle East.

ADCO_Masdar_Alsa_Rumaitha_Carbon_InjectionIn this role Masdar provided the front end engineering and design (FEED) of the Abu Dhabi Carbone Capture, Usage and Storage (Abu Dhabi CCUS) Network.

Conceived as a comprehensive system, the Abu Dhabi CCUS Network is covering all the phases from the capture to the injection in passing by the transportation of the CO2.

In this pilot project, 800,000 tonnes per year of CO2 will be captured from the Emirates Steel plant and will be transported by a 50 kilometers pipeline south to the Rumaitha North field.

Dodsal has been awarded by ADNOC and Masdar the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the carbon capture, compression and transportation from the Emirates Steel plant down to Rumaitha North field.

Then ADCO and Masdar awarded the carbon injection EPC contract at the Rumaitha North field to Alsa in expecting the first operation in 2017.

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