South Pars phases 15, 16 set for launch in November

Iran is planning to officially launch phases 15 and 16 of the large South Pars gas field in early November.

Roknoddin Javadi, the deputy oil minister and managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), said his company was trying to bring part of the South Pars phases 19 to 21 on-stream before the end of the current Iranian calendar year. The field is located in the Persian Gulf, between Iran and Qatar.

As for the launching ceremony of the phases 15 and 16 in November, Javadi said that the inauguration ceremony would be attended by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

Oil set for 2017

Regarding measures Iran is going to take for the development of South Pars gas field’s oil layer, Javadi said drilling on the oil layer has already started and offshore processing installations are being built for the oil layer.

He stated that based on current plans, production from South Pars gas field’s oil layer was predicted to begin in February 2017.

Managing Director of Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC), Ali Akbar Sha’banpour, had announced in early May that production of natural gas from South Pars gas field will increase by 7 trillion cubic feet per day (tcf/d) before the end of the current Iranian calendar year.

Noting that when the 12th phase of the field becomes fully operational this year, it will produce 2.5 tcf/d of natural gas, the official added: “Also, when phases 15 and 16 come on-stream, they will be producing 2 tcf/d of natural gas.”

The official stated that after full commissioning, phases 12, 15 and 16 of South Pars gas field along with some parts of phases 17 and 18 will produce about 6 tcf/d of natural gas.

He said parts of Phase 19 would be also made operational to produce 1 tcf/d of natural gas.

“On the whole, when these phases come on-stream by the end of the year, the field’s overall natural gas output will increase by 7 tcf/d,” he added.

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