Saif Al-Ghafli is heading the Shah sourgas development, one of the most challenging upstream projects in the gulf. Abu Dhabi – and the wider gulf – needs gas supplies to meet domestic demand from power generation and industrial feedstock. While Abu Dhabi has 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, its potentially lethal levels of sulphur – together with low demand and high production prices – have put off the emirate from developing the field previously.
Tecnicas Reunidas and Punj Lloyd Group also won a joint contract worth $463 million for gas gathering. Fluor and CH2M Hill Companies unit Veco Corp. signed project management contracts for the Shah project last year. Ghafli also brought US oil independent Occidental on board last year, with Oxy taking a 40% participating interest and ADNOC retaining 60%.
The project involves several gas gathering systems, construction of processing trains to process one billion cubic feet per day of gas at Shah to produce around 500 million cubic feet per day of network gas and other related hydrocarbon liquids, in addition to new gas and liquid pipelines.