Crucial Shah field kit breaks records at Mussaffah

1,350-tonne absorbers smash Abu Dhabi port handling records

The 1,350-tonne absorbers will be transported to the Shah gas field near Liwa in Abu Dhabi.
The 1,350-tonne absorbers will be transported to the Shah gas field near Liwa in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) said that it has successfully hand the heaviest consignment to arrive at Musaffah Port, one of the key ports operated and managed by ADT.

ADT said that it has completed the unloading of two heavy-weight HP absorbers, weighing 1,342 and 1,275 metric tonnes respectively, which were delivered from Italy on board Lone, the heavy lift vessel belonging to the Germany-based heavylift ship company, SAL.

 Salmeen Obaid Al Ameri, Commercial Director at ADT, said: “Today marks a remarkable milestone for ADT and the ports sector in the Emirate as it culminates the success of our hard work and forward-thinking approach. By successfully handling this project cargo, ADT is sending a strong message to the community and industry alike that its diversified scope of services and ports have the ability to cater to the needs of both local and international shipping companies. We look forward to handling and receiving many more heavy lift shipments in the future.”

 “As we gear up to open Khalifa Port in the 4th quarter of 2012, the first semi-automated container terminal in the region, we are confident that this flagship project, along with the three other ports managed and operated by ADT- Mina Zayed, Free Port and Musaffah Port - will redefine the port industry in the region whilst offering our customers great benefits and advantages,” he added.

Lone, the German heavy lift vessel that was put into service in March 2011, is one of 16 heavy lift vessel fleets that belong to German-based SAL.

The 1,350-tonne absorbers will be used in the Shah gas field being developed near Liwa in Abu Dhabi.

The Shah gas sour field is being currently developed by ADNOC and Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

The Shah gas project involves development of high-sulfur content reservoirs within the Shah field, located onshore approximately 180 km (110 miles) southwest of the city of Abu Dhabi. The project will involve development of several gas gathering systems, construction of new gas and liquid pipelines and processing trains to process 1 billion cubic feet of high-sulfur content gas. This is anticipated to produce approximately 500 million cubic feet per day of network gas and a significant amount of condensate and natural gas liquids.


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