In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), we have a long track record of working successfully with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and our partnership is built on trust and mutual respect. Occidental is a partner in a 30-year joint venture with ADNOC on Al Hosn Gas, one of the largest natural gas developments in the Middle East. Occidental holds a 40-percent participating interest in the development, which is located in the Shah Field. Al Hosn Gas also features processing facilities to extract sulfur from natural gas and process it for sale. Al Hosn Gas became fully operational in 2015 and is a significant driver of Occidental's growth in the Middle East.
In 2019, Occidental was awarded a 35-year concession to explore and develop onshore Block 3, which covers an area of approximately 1.5 million acres and is adjacent to the Al Hosn Gas development. Further reinforcing Occidental’s commitment to the UAE, in 2020, Occidental was awarded a 35-year concession to explore and develop onshore Block 5, which covers an area of approximately 1 million acres and is adjacent to onshore Block 3. Occidental holds a 100% interest in both onshore Block 3 and onshore Block 5.
Occidental also supplies natural gas to markets in the UAE through its participation in Dolphin Energy, the premier trans-border natural gas project in the Middle East and one of the region's largest energy initiatives.