Pipelaying in 2 SP Offshore Phases Ends in Nov.

Pipelaying in 2 SP Offshore Phases Ends in Nov.Pipelaying in 2 SP Offshore Phases Ends in Nov.

Laying two gas pipelines from two offshore phases of the South Pars gas field (phases 20 and 21), to the onshore areas in the Persian Gulf will be completed by November, an official at the Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) said.

Motalleb Afshari, director of the IOEC pipe laying operations, said laying two 32-inch pipelines from the said phases is underway. The pipelines stretch nearly 100 km and have the capacity to deliver an estimated 28 million cubic meters of natural gas to onshore facilities a day, Shana reported on Monday.

The construction of Phase 21 platform is in the works and is due for completion before the end of the present Iranian year (March 2016). Afshari put work-in-progress at the two offshore platforms at more than 65 percent.

In addition, 11 wells are to be drilled at Phase 21, of which eight are close to completion.

The two SP phases are projected to produce 50 mcm of gas and 75,000 barrels of gas condensate per day, as well as 400 tons of sulfur, more than one million tons of liquefied natural gas and one million tons of ethane annually.

South Pars is the world's largest gas field, shared between Iran and Qatar, covering an area of 3,700 square kilometers of Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. It adjoins Qatar’s North Field, which measures 6,000 square kilometers.

According to the Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, phases 13-18 are a priority, followed by phases 19, 20, and 21. SP output is expected to rise by nearly 170 mcm per day upon the completion of seven high-priority phases in the near future.