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

Project Details, Train 1 & 2

  • Operator: ADNOC LNG[1]
  • Owner: ADNOC (70%), Mitsui (15%), BP (10%), TotalEnergies (5%)[2]
  • Location: Das Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Coordinates: 25.1609, 52.8766 (exact)
  • Type: Export[2]
  • Capacity: 4.6 mtpa (2.3 mtpa per train)[3]
  • Status: Operating[2]
  • Start Year: 1977[2]

Project Details, Train 3

  • Operator: ADNOC LNG[1]
  • Owner: ADNOC (70%), Mitsui (15%), BP (10%), Total (5%))[2]
  • Location: Das Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Coordinates: 25.1609, 52.8766 (exact)
  • Type: Export[2]
  • Capacity: 3 mtpa[3]
  • Status: Operating[2]
  • Start Year: 1994[2]

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.[3] It has three production trains.[4]

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. Later, in 1962, the Bu Hasa field was discovered, making it a landmark year. 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, rapidly transforming the landscape.[5]

In 1977 Das Island LNG Terminal was built. The facility also processed sulphur and pentane.[5]

In 2012, Abu Dhabi held almost 90% 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.[5]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

In July 2017 Al Jazeera reported that the United Arab Emirates receives about two billion cubic feet of gas daily from Qatar.[8]

In May 2022, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) was considering doubling its production capacity across its projects from 6 to 12 mtpa. The company did not specify whether this additional production would come from Das Island LNG or other assets.[9] Presumably, the additional production capacity will come from the company's planned Ruwais LNG terminal.[10]

In 2023, ADNOC delivered a 137,000 cubic meter shipment from its Das Island LNG terminal to Germany.[11] This was the first LNG cargo to be shipped from the Middle East (and the UAE) to Germany.[11] This was the result of the UAE-Germany Energy Security and Industry Accelerator (ESIA) Agreement signed by both countries in September 2022 to accelerate joint energy security projects.[11] As part of the agreement, ADNOC will reserve cargos exclusively for German customers in 2023.[11] Germany's increasing LNG imports and infrastructure account for its loss of Russian gas supplies.[12]

Following the inaugural shipment to Germany, ADNOC signed a three-year LNG supply agreement with TotalEnergies Gas and Power for the export of LNG.[13]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (May 24, 2022). "Annual Report 2022 Edition" (PDF). GIIGNL. Retrieved July 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 ADNOC LNG Trains 1-2, Mechademy, accessed April 13, 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Das Island LNG Terminal, A Barrel Full, accessed April 2017
  4. ADGAS To Shut Down Two Trains for Schedualed Maintenance LNG World News, March 4, 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Robert Jordan, "Pearls to petroleum transforms Abu Dhabi," The National, March 9, 2012.
  6. "2017 World LNG Report" International Gas Union, Accessed June 20, 2017.
  7. Anthony Dipaola, "The U.A.E. Needs Qatar’s Gas to Keep Dubai’s Lights On," Bloomberg, June 7, 2017.
  8. Susan Kurdli, "The energy factor in the GCC crisis," Al Jazerra, July 28, 2017.
  9. "Adnoc plans to double LNG production capacity". LNG Prime. 2021-12-02. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  10. "Adnoc to build new low-carbon LNG plant in Ruwais". The National News. Retrieved June 29, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "First Middle East LNG Cargo to Germany Successfully Delivered by ADNOC". www.adnoc.ae. Retrieved 2023-06-29.
  12. "LNG for Germany: UAE delivers first shipment – DW – 02/15/2023". dw.com. Retrieved 2023-06-29.
  13. "ADNOC Gas Signs 3-year LNG Supply agreement with TotalEnergies Gas and Power". adnocgas.ae. Retrieved 2023-06-29.

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