Das Island LNG Terminal

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Das Island LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


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Project Details

  • Owner: ADNOC (70%), Mitsui (15%), BP (10%), Total (5%)
  • Location: Das Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Coordinates: 25.1609, 52.8766 (exact)
  • Capacity: 7.6 mtpa, 1.09 bcfd
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Export
  • Trains: 2
  • Start Year: 1977

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


Das Island LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[1] It has three production trains.[2]

Das Island is in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, but located 100 miles offshore. It is 0.75 miles by 1.5 miles.

Das Island is inhabited by oil and gas industry employees. It exports crude oil and LNG by tankers

In 1958, Abu Dhabi Marine Areas became the first company to discover offshore oil in commercial sustainable quantities at Umm Shaif near Das Island. In the same year, Petroleum Development Company discovered the onshore Bab oil field. In 1962 was a landmark year. The Bu Hasa field was discovered. The export of crude oil began from an oil-export terminal on Das Island in 1962, and Abu Dhabi joined the association of oil exporters and the landscape rapidly transformed.[3]

In 1977 Das Island LNG Terminal was built. The facility also processed sulphur and pentane.[3]

In 2012 Abu Dhabi held almost 90 per cent of the United Arab Emirates's gas reserves, although much of it is sour and relatively expensive to process. Abu Dhabi reserves amount to 196 trillion cubic feet. They are located beneath Umm Shaif and Abu Al Bukhush oil fields.[3]

In 2012, the United Arab Emirates's natural gas reserves were 212 trillion cubic feet. This made United Arab Emirates the fifth largest gas reserve in the world.[3]

According to the International Gas Union’s World LNG 2017 report, UAE was the 12th largest LNG exporter by share between 2015 and 2016. The country exports about 5.6 million tons a year.[4]

The United Arab Emirates joined Saudi Arabia in cutting off air, sea vessels, and land transportation links with Qatar in June 2017. They charged the gas-rich Qatar of supporting political extremist groups. United Arab Emirates ports, including Jebel Ali, home of the Jebel Ali FLNG Terminal and the region’s largest container terminal, were prohibiting all vessels traveling to, or from, Qatar.[5]

In July 2017 Al Jazeera reported that the United Arab Emirates receives about two billion cubic feet of gas daily from Qatar.[6]

Articles and resources


  1. Das Island LNG Terminal, A Barrel Full, accessed April 2017
  2. ADGAS To Shut Down Two Trains for Schedualed Maintenance LNG World News, March 4, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Robert Jordan, "Pearls to petroleum transforms Abu Dhabi," The National, March 9, 2012.
  4. "2017 World LNG Report" International Gas Union, Accessed June 20, 2017.
  5. Anthony Dipaola, "The U.A.E. Needs Qatar’s Gas to Keep Dubai’s Lights On," Bloomberg, June 7, 2017.
  6. Susan Kurdli, "The energy factor in the GCC crisis," Al Jazerra, July 28, 2017.

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