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Abu Dhabi's Energy Industry

Christophe SASSOLAS

President of Total E&P UAE and Total Country Chair for the UAE


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Abu Dhabi Energy Industry In Figures

UAE oil reserves97.8 billion barrels

UAE oil production3.67 million bopd

UAE gas reserves5.9 tcm

UAE gas production57 bcm

Abu Dhabi’s Energy Industry Growth

Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas industry has rapidly grown on the back of its substantial hydrocarbons potential. The UAE is among the top 10 nations by reserve size despite covering an area of only 84 thousand square kilometres. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is responsible for nearly all the country’s oil and gas production. Given profits and royalties from its oil and gas industry, the country has traditionally poured high levels of investment into its greenfield projects to keep reserves and production on an even keel.

The oil and gas sector is the UAE’s economic axis, representing 40% of its GDP. However, the country has strongly pushed to diversify its economy through its Vision 2030 initiative, including building strong manufacturing and downstream sectors. While non-oil sectors are becoming a more prominent part of the country’s GDP, the hydrocarbons sector remains its key economic pillar and main enabler of diversification.

The UAE is also pushing the growth of renewables in its energy mix. The government has targeted 50% of its power generation coming from nuclear and renewables by 2050. “We now see advanced renewable energy sources increasingly growing their share of the energy mix,” H.E. Eng. Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, told The Energy Year. “Nuclear energy is safer than most other sources when it comes to delivering reliable, steady, and stable energy. Its low carbon emissions make it a promising way forward to a cleaner, greener world.”

Abu Dhabi Energy Industry News and Articles

ADNOC Drilling wins $1.7-billion drilling contract
UAE - May 13, 2024

ADNOC Drilling has secured a "transformational" USD 1.7-billion contract to drill 144 wells in the UAE from parent company ADNOC.

Multinational - May 09, 2024

Alexandre Eykerman of Wärtsilä talks about the company’s pioneering role in adapting its solutions to the energy transition.

Kuwait tenders Al Zour North IWPP contract
Kuwait - April 02, 2024

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects has invited bids for the development and operation of the IWPP for Al Zour North.

Growth through diversification in the chemicals sector t_Faisal-MALALLAH
Kuwait - March 12, 2024

Faisal Malallah of Al Kout Industrial Projects talks about Kuwait's market for chemical products.


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Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Concession Areas 2019

    ADNOC closes acquisition of 24.9% stake in OMV
    UAE - March 01, 2024

    ADNOC has formally closed the acquisition of a key 24.9% stake in OMV AG, a global energy and chemicals group, from Abu Dhabi…

    DP World, Masdar partner on renewables for ports
    UAE - February 26, 2024

    DP World and Masdar have agreed to partner on exploring and implementing renewable energy systems at DP World's ports.



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