On Das Island, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative for the Al Dhafra Region, laid the foundation for a new medical facility and housing development. The infrastructure development represents a significant turning point in ADNOC’s low-carbon growth strategy as the business intensifies its efforts to provide the world with the most energy possible while minimizing emissions.
Ruler’s Representative for the Al Dhafra Region, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, stated: “I am delighted to witness the real progress ADNOC is making to create a more sustainable future for all. The UAE is setting the standard for more sustainable energy in the world. The world’s energy transformation will go faster thanks to ADNOC’s initiatives to enhance gas capacity and decarbonize its operations in the Year of Sustainability.
In addition to Sheikh Hamdan, other guests included Sheikh Yas bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Excellency Engineer Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Mansour Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Ahmed Matar Al Dhaheri, Director of the Ruler’s Representative Office in Al Dhafra Region, Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the
His Highness was welcomed at Das Island by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, the COP28 President-Elect, the ADNOC Managing Director and Group CEO, Tayba Abdul Rahim Al Hashemi, the CEO of ADNOC Offshore, Ahmed Mohamed Alebri, the CEO of ADNOC Gas, as well as several other senior ADNOC managers and officials.
Sheikh Hamdan was given a tour of Das Island before his arrival and information about the production facilities, well-known technology used, and significant projects currently being worked on. His Highness also went to the control room, where he was informed about the responsibilities of the UAE National workers who ran the gas production facility. He learned about ADNOC’s elaborate gas production strategy and its aim to make the UAE gas self-sufficient.
His Highness met with ADNOC staff members during the tour. He reaffirmed the wise leadership of the UAE’s commitment to continuing to support the development of UAE citizens to ensure their active participation in the progress and prosperity of the country. Emirati women play a significant role, and His Highness emphasized the importance of continuing to develop them in all fields, particularly the energy industry, where they excel.
Das Island, 160 kilometers northwest of Abu Dhabi, is crucial in ADNOC’s large-scale ambitions for gas expansion. Since natural gas has a lower carbon intensity than other fuels and there will likely be a rise in global gas demand in the following decades, it will be crucial in the energy transition. The new residential complex will be a crucial enabler as ADNOC increases its export capacity to meet rising worldwide demand and supports UAE gas self-sufficiency, industrial growth, and economic growth.
As ADNOC decarbonizes its offshore operations, the island will also act as a hub for electricity. The business revealed an AED14 billion agreement in 2021 to create the first sub-sea transmission network in the MENA area. The network can cut ADNOC’s offshore carbon footprint by up to 50% and link its offshore operations from Das Island to the onshore power network. This project is a component of ADNOC’s larger strategic plan, which calls for AED55 billion in investments in ground-breaking decarbonization projects by 2030.
New residential areas will be part of the Das Island development plan, and there are plans to boost female accommodations and services. To attract the best UAE talent and secure its future, ADNOC wants to lead the area in diversity. By 2030, ADNOC will double the proportion of women in technical roles to 25% as part of its sustainability strategy.