GCC studies gas grid proposal

The Doha-based Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting, a Gulf Cooperation Council think tank, is studying the feasibility of a proposed $2 billion gas grid project among GCC countries.

Jul 28th, 2000


DOHA�The Doha-based Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting, a Gulf Cooperation Council think tank, is studying the feasibility of a proposed $2 billion gas grid project among GCC countries.

The proposal calls for a 1,300 km pipeline network to carry gas from Qatar's North field. Most of the construction and financing is expected to be carried out by the private sector.

The proposal calls for 1.55 bcf/day (bcfd) of natural gas to be pumped into the trunk line. This will be later increased to 2.25 bcfd and finally 3.8 bcfd by 2020, according to published reports.

The proposed pipeline route has been designated to be Ras Laffan to Dubai, Dubai to Oman, Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia to Jubail, and Jubail to Kuwait.

The think tank met this week in Doha with a 30-member GCC technical committee to discuss the project.

The GCC comprises Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries members Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, plus non-OPEC members Oman and Bahrain.

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