Dubai: Dana Gas and Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat), yesterday said they have completed the Middle East's first common user gas pipeline, located in Sharjah.

Dana Gas and Emarat, along with the three end-users the Federal Electricity and Water Authority of the UAE (Fewa), the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa), and Dana Gas affiliate Crescent Natural Gas Company Limited (CNGCL) - signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of the pipe-line in January 2006.

Dana Gas and Emarat each have a 50 per cent stake in the construction, ownership and operation of the pipeline. Phase one of the project was completed in May 2006 and has since been delivering gas to the Sewa power station at Hamriyah.

The main pipeline of the joint Hamriyah gas pipe-line project is a 48-inch gasoline that connects the Sharjah gas hub at Sajaa to the fast-growing industrial area at Hamriyah, and covers 32km, with a capacity of one billion cubic feet per day.

Rashid Al Jarwan, general manager of Dana Gas, said, "This strategic partnership has set an example for further regional cooperation, and will elevate the level of service provided to the end users of this vital pipeline."

The completion of the pipeline is a milestone in Dana Gas's UAE projects. The new 48-inch pipeline is now ready to receive gas supplies from Sajaa and deliver them to the premises of the three end-users at Hamriyah.

Acting General Manager of Emarat Jamal Abdul Rahman Al Medfa commented on the completion of the pipeline: "We are delighted by the completion of this critically important project which clearly embodies our distinct and fruitful ties, and the existing level of cooperation between the public and private sector in launching various projects and initiatives that promise to play a prominent role in supporting and enriching the national economy of the UAE."