Shah gas development

  • ClientAbu Dhabi Gas Development Company Limited
  • Project time2010-2015
  • LocationUnited Arab Emirates
  • Field of activityOnshore

SHAH GAS PROCESSING PLANT is considered the benchmark in the world gas processing and treating industry

  • Type of contract: Engineering, Procurement and Construction
  • Contract value: ~ $3.5 billion
  • Field location: 180 km south-west of Abu Dhabi city
  • 1040 Million metric standard cubic feet per daySour gas treatment
  • 4400 Tons per dayNGL
  • 250 kmTransport pipeline system
  • 26,500 peopleManpower

The Scope of Work

The Shah Gas development program is designed to treat 1 billion cubic feet a day of sour gas from the Shah field, before separating the sulphur from the natural gas and transporting both to processing facilities at Habshan area, and then to Ruwais, located in the northern part of the Emirate.


Saipem has been awarded three contracts, the first two encompass the engineering, procurement, and construction of the gas process plant and of the sulphur recovery unit. The third contract covers the engineering, procurement, and construction of nearly 250 kilometre long pipelines in total for transporting gas, condensate and NGL from the Shah Gas plant to Habshan and ASAB tie-in point.


For the Shah project, the workforce has reached a peak of 26,500 people, of which over 3,500 directly hired by Saipem. This huge international team, of over 32 nationalities, has been a huge challenge for the project, from the point of view of human resources recruitment and diversity management, competence assessment, training and health & safety. Training had a crucial impact on this project, and this is why Saipem created a dedicated Project Training Centre.

Saipem people on this project

  • Paolo Cernuto

    Management Systems and Quantity Manager

  • Project time 2010-2015

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