Zanganeh calls for developing gas field shared with Qatar

Tehran, Dec 2, IRNA – Oil Minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh on Monday called for development of South Pars gas field phase 12 Iran shares with Qatar.
He assigned the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) to speed up executive operation of Phase 12 of the giant reservoir which Iran shares with Qatar.

Zanganeh said that Oil Ministry cannot delay implementation of development plans until the sanctions are lifted.

According to the Oil Ministry, Zanganeh told contractors during his recent visit to South Pars that the Ministry gives priority to gas production from the offshore section of Phase 12.

He said two desalination units in Phase 12 are expected to come online in March next year.

Zanganeh said Iran’s gas industry is bracing for its hardest ever year in terms of gas supply.

“We have to make efforts to launch a section of this phase as soon as possible. Based on our plans, South Pars Refining Complex affiliated with NIGC can help Petropars Company which is operating the project,” he said.

Zanganeh said contractors must always think that international sanctions on the oil industry are not being lifted.

“Important petroleum industry projects must not be delayed due to waiting for the lifting of sanctions. The necessary commodities must be supplied in whatsoever manner and be installed in the project,” he added.

Zanganeh said delayed development of South Pars has caused gas shortage even in the winter.

“For example, during the first half of the current Iranian year, we burnt 12 billion liters of fuel oil and gasoil in the country’s gas-fuelled power plants.”

Zanganeh told contractors of phases 17&18 of South Pars that the main and satellite platforms of this phase must be installed next year.

“After the onshore and offshore sections become operational, we hope to feed gas from this phase into national pipeline in winter 2015,” said Zanganeh.

Zanganeh said docks in phases 15&16 of South Pars are to be installed in nine months. “This time is considered at five months in other phases and therefore it could be reduced to some extent.”



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