The Sharjah National Oil Corporation is leveraging existing infrastructure and natural resources to ensure greater gas security for the UAE as it explores gas storage in the region
In November 1978, a team of engineers crisscrossing 600,000 acres of Sharjah’s desert pinned down a sweet spot; the Sajaa asset.
Their efforts paid dividends. When the Sajaa-1 well was drilled in May 1980 to 16,656 feet – roughly six times the height of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa – it was one of the largest gas discovery in the UAE at the time. The engineering team worked without today’s technological luxuries – real-time updates from mobile phones and satellites – and navigated their way to success by unrolling dog-eared maps of the desert on the hot bonnets of their four-wheel drive vehicles. This pioneering spirit heralded the beginning of Sharjah’s energy industry.
Fast forward three decades and Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC) was established in 2010 by the Amiri...