Dolphin cuts Qatar-UAE gas supply by a tenth

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Dolphin Energy, which owns a network bringing Qatari gas to UAE customers, has cut cut a tenth of its pipeline's normal volume because of a leak.

The leak at a unit that strips corrosive sulphur from natural gas will take about three weeks to fix, according to the company.

"It is normal practice to reduce throughput in the case of a partial sulfur plant shutdown," the company said in a statement. "This avoids the flaring of acid gas and any environmental impact. Our customers have been informed accordingly and there is minimal disruption."

Mubadala Development, the Abu Dhabi government's strategic investment company, owns the majority of Dolphin, with the French giant Total and the Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum covering the rest.

Dolphin's pipeline network includes a 244-km stretch completed in December that funnels gas from Taweelah, an industrial centre in Abu Dhabi, to the coastal emirate of Fujairah.

The bulk of the 2 billion standard cubic feet piped from Qatar daily goes to the Abu Dhabi and Dubai utilities. A tenth goes to Oman.