TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh underlined the need for accelerated work in Phase 12 of the South Pars gas field.
Zanganeh called on the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) to mobilize its forces for the operation of Phase 12 of the giant reservoir which Iran shares with Qatar.
The minister told contractors during his recent visit to South Pars that gas production from the offshore section of Phase 12 must be prioritized.
He said two desalting units in Phase 12 are expected to come online in March next year, adding that these units are of great importance for fuel supply in the winter.
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 [calendar] year, we burnt 12 billion liters of fuel oil and gasoil in the country’s gas-fuelled power plants.”
Acceleration in Phases 17&18
Zanganeh told contractors of phases 17&18 of South Pars that the main and satellite platforms of this phase must be installed next year.
“In the onshore section, we have to shorten the construction process. For example we can purchase electricity panel and install it in 20 days in order to accelerate the project. An electricity panel does not need five months time,” he said.
“After the onshore and offshore sections become operational, we hope to feed gas from this phase into national pipeline in winter 2015,” said Zanganeh.
The minister added that the problems created in the turbocompressors of phases 17&18 will be resolved with the help of foreign companies.
In a meeting with contractors of phases 15&16 of South Pars, Zanganeh said production from this phase must exceed 10 mcm/d, versus the current output of 6 mcm/d.
“The train of these two phases is in the final stage of steam test and it must come on-stream before the cold snap,” said the minister.
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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