Upon signing the joint venture agreement and ancillary agreements, ADNOC will have a 60% and Shell will have a 40% share in the rights to develop the field and in the new company formed to manage and operate the new facilities.
The strategic development aims to increase the natural gas supply of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to meet its remarkable economic growth. The Bab sour gas mega energy project will process one billion standard cubic feet per day of natural sour gas. A new gas processing and treatment plant, including a gas gathering system and sulfur recovery facilities, will be installed in the Bab field area to produce around 520 million standard cubic feet per day of sales gas that will be delivered to the distribution network by 2020.
The Bab field is located 150 km southwest of the city of Abu Dhabi and includes various onshore oil and gas developments. The existence of such active developments in the Bab field area and the “ultra-sour” nature of its gas due to a high content of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), set this development as another ambitious milestone in the development of sour gas fields in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The project will utilize state of the art safety systems and gas technologies to meet ADNOC’s paramount commitment to health, safety and environment (HSE) and fulfill its corporate social responsibility.