Major South Pars Development Phase to Come on Stream Soon
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Development of Phase 12 of Iran’s South Pars Gas Field is 92.6% complete and its sour gas will be delivered to its refinery for processing as of next month.
Before the start of winter, the phase will start producing over 14 million cubic meter per day (mcm/d) of gas to be injected into the national pipeline, according to oil ministry officials.
Platform A of the giant offshore gas field’s Phase 12 is close to coming on stream and from its twelve wells, the field is expected to deliver more than 28 million cubic meters of gas onshore every day.
The Phase 12 output will start with 13 million cubic meters per day (mcm/d) and will reach its maximum capacity in two months.
After the other two platforms become operational, the output from this phase will jump to 70 million cubic meters per day, with over a third of it to be injected into the national pipeline and the restgoing to LNG plants. The phase is also forcast to produce 120,000 barrels of condensates and some 750 tons of sulfur in a day.
In September, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh had said that Iran is determined to bring the previous contracts on South Pars gas field to operational phase, and has no plan to sign any new contract over the giant field.
“We will not sign any new contract about South Pars, and we should only implement the previously-signed contracts,” Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told Tasnim News Agency at the time.
The South Pars gas field, whose development has been divided into 28 phases, is located in the Persian Gulf straddling the maritime border between Iran and Qatar. It is estimated that the Iranian section of the field contains 14 trillion cubic meters of gas and 18 billion barrels of condensates in place.
Zanganeh further stated that in recent years, Qatar has extracted more resources from South Pars gas field than Iran.
South Pars is part of a wider gas field that is shared with Qatar. The larger field covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers, 3,700 square kilometers of which are in Iran's territorial waters (South Pars) in the Persian Gulf. The remaining 6,000 square kilometers, referred to as the North Dome, are in Qatar's territorial waters.