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Ibrahim Al Ansaari

UAE, ABU DHABI - Energy & Mining

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General Manager, UAE, Dolphin Energy

Bio

Ibrahim Al Ansaari was appointed General Manager, UAE at Dolphin Energy in 2007. He had previously served as Executive Vice-President for Operations since March 2004. Prior to joining Dolphin Energy, he was General Manager of Union Water & Electricity Company (UWEC), now a part of ADWEA. He worked for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for 18 years upon graduating in a variety of roles. He also joined UAE Offsets Group (UOG) in September 2000 as a Technical Specialist Advisor, before taking up his UWEC appointment in September 2001. He joined Mubadala Development Company in April 2004 as Executive Advisor. He graduated from the Louisiana Technical University in 1982 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

What have been the key milestones for the company since it was established in 1999? We have achieved several milestones in our short history. The first dates back to 2001 […]

What have been the key milestones for the company since it was established in 1999?

We have achieved several milestones in our short history. The first dates back to 2001 when the Development and Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA) and Export Pipeline Agreement (EPA) were signed. Then, a year later, Qatari and Abu Dhabi Emiri Decrees formally recognized the DPSA and defined the role of the project. Following five years of construction, the first gas flowed from Qatar to the UAE in July 2007, and a year later we achieved full throughput of 2 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day (scf/d). In 2010, we completed the Taweelah-Fujairah Pipeline Project helping secure much needed volumes of natural gas to the east coast of the Emirates. The year after, in 2011, we reached the production milestone of 3 trillion scf and at the beginning of 2013 Dolphin Energy reached 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. These achievements could not have been possible without the support of the governments of Qatar and the UAE, the support and guidance of our shareholders and partners, or the commitment, hard work, and dedication of our employees.

Dolphin Energy is a strategic venture between companies and governments. What does this venture signify for regional energy cooperation?

The first thing it signifies is the way the governments, shareholders, and partners have worked together to bring a dream to reality. The project has helped enhance regional energy security and created a set of legal precedents that other nations can follow. It has also combined the strengths, expertise, and experience of our international and local shareholders to create a robust company that meets the needs of its customers.

How does Dolphin Energy work with local educational institutions?

We work with them in a number of ways—we offer internships to students studying in areas relevant to our business and sponsor programs with institutions like the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology. However, we also offer opportunities through our corporate connections. For example, we utilize our relationship with Total to offer MBA programs to national employees and are a supporter of the Absher Initiative, a program run by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs to train and develop Emiratis for positions in the private and public sectors over the next five years. Our involvement in this has seen us commit to employing 100 nationals by 2017 and training a further 500 for opportunities in the private and public sectors. We have joined forces with Tanmia and the Etisalat Academy for the latter.

With five years of gas production behind you, what will Dolphin Energy focus on as part of its strategy over the next five years?

The next five years will, I hope, see Dolphin Energy exporting increased volumes of natural gas under a new gas sales agreement so we better utilize the capacity of our export pipeline. It can throughput 3.2 billion scf/d—we currently transport 2 billion scf/d. We are exploring opportunities to expand our distribution network in the UAE to help meet demand for more gas. It is too early to go into more detail at this stage, but we’re considering a number of options. Then, we will continue to focus on ensuring reliable, safe volumes of natural gas to meet the requirements of our customers and provide employment opportunities where people can train, develop, and build a long-term career with the company. Lastly, we will continue to support the sustainability agendas of the UAE and Qatar through our commitment to safeguarding the environment, supporting societal growth, and helping to drive economic prosperity.

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