RIPI ending gas gathering project in December

TEHRAN Oct 08 (Shana):The ongoing study on gathering associated gases being burnt in 6 oil fields in Arvandan region will finish in December.

NIOC’s public relations department quoted Elham Karimi Zand who is responsible for conducting the study said: Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) is studying gathering associated gases and building a NGL-3200 unit in the region.  

He added: the study which started last July is expected to come to an end in December.

This year’s general budget has permitted the petroleum ministry’s subsidiaries to sell the associated gases are being burnt in the oil fields they cover through holding tender and spend the revenue in environmental projects. Under the provisions of budget law base price of associated gases will be one third of the price of processed natural gas delivered to industries.

National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) decided in its specialized symposium on selling associated gases last week that a bylaw be drawn up to that effect while the grounds must be prepared for the private sector to be active in this field.

Abdol-Hamid Delparish, director for consolidated planning of NIOC, told the symposium that Kharg and West Karoun are witnessing the highest level of associated gas flaring.

“Associated gas is also burning sporadically in other regions. It will be inevitable to make decisions for their gathering,” he said.

Referring to the current year’s budget bill allowing Petroleum Ministry to sell associated gas in order to spend its revenues for environmental activities, Delparish said the ministry has been allowed to sell associated gas produced from different oil fields through its subsidiaries.

Revenues from associated gas sales will be spent on environmental projects by Petroleum Ministry offshoots.

To that effect, Delparish, said the private sector has shown willingness. “Despite the law’s clear explanations about selling associated gas and the readiness of the private sector, no significant measure has been taken in this regard.” 

By SHANA

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