SP Phases 20-21 Refining Unit Ready in March

SP Phases 20-21 Refining Unit Ready in MarchSP Phases 20-21 Refining Unit Ready in March

The first gas sweetening unit of phases 20 and 21 of South Pars Gas Field, which will receive gas from phases 6-8, will start production by mid-March, director of the phases said.

Alireza Ebadi also told IRNA that all stages of setting up the unit, testing the pipelines and connecting the refinery to all utility sectors (water, electricity and steam) have been completed.

“Currently, two steam generators are already operational and the first gas compressor is ready to be exploited in order to produce sweet gas,” Ebadi added.

The official noted that operation of laying the 42-inch pipeline has been accomplished and it will soon be connected to the fourth national gas grid.

Ebadi announced that the onshore refinery of the project will go on stream by September.

On the status of phases 20 and 21, the official said all wells of the phases are in the final stages of completion and seven will become operational by March 19, which marks the end of the current Iranian year.

“The rig of Phase 21 will be installed in the next three months and all 11 wells of this rig are expected to be ready for gas production in summer,” Ebadi said.

Upon completion, phases 20 and 21 will produce 50 million cubic meters of treated gas per day for domestic use, 1 million tons of ethane for petrochemical complexes, 1 million tons of high-quality liquefied gas for export and 400 tons of sulfur daily, while producing 75,000 barrels of gas condensates.

After the launch of phases 12, 15 and 16 over the past year, phases 17 and 18, with an output of 50 mcm/d of gas, are to be officially inaugurated in the next five months. The current gas production of the partly operational phases amounts to 30 mcm/d.

Phases 19-21 are geared for the launch of phases 17 and 18.

Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Tuesday in a news conference that all phases of South Pars, except Phase 14, will go on stream during the tenure of the incumbent government, ending in August 2017.

"Development of South Pars phases requires an investment worth $30 billion," he said.   

South Pars is the world’s largest gas field shared by Iran and Qatar, covering 3,700 square kilometers of Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. It holds an estimated 40 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, or roughly 8% of the world’s reserves and approximately 18 billion barrels of condensates, adjoining Qatar’s North Field that measures 6,000 square kilometers.

  Kish Gas Field

Drilling operations on 13 onshore wells of Kish Gas Field has progressed by 70%, Shana reported.

The report on the gas field also indicates an 83% progress in laying an onshore pipeline until January 20.  

Abdolreza Haji-Hossein-Nejad, managing director of the Petroleum Engineering and Development Company-which is the contractor of the project, recently expressed optimism that the field’s production will commence by September 2017.

Kish Gas Field is aimed at producing 28 mcm/d of gas and 11,300 barrels of gas condensates per day. The total gas reservoir of the field amounts to 1.076 trillion cubic meters, with its overall gas condensates estimated at 398 million barrels.