Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has launched a phased development of its giant Hail & Ghasha sour gas development, which aims to significantly boost the emirate’s gas production capacity by end of this decade.

Multiple people familiar with the development told Upstream that the Abu Dhabi state-owned giant recently initiated a pre-qualification process for shortlisting leading domestic and international contractors to participate in the first development phase of its much-delayed sour gas project.

“Adnoc has floated expressions of interest, aimed at prequalifying leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contenders,” one person said.