TEHRAN July 6 (Shana)–The utility units of refineries in Phases 17 and 18 of South Pars gas field have been launched, managing-director of Pars Oil and Gas Company said.
Ali-Akbar Shabanpour said the utility units were launched during a recent visit to the giant offshore field by Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.
He said the first train of this refinery is to come on-stream by September.
The platform of Phase 18 of South Pars is expected to become operational before the start of winter.
The platform will then be ready to deliver sour gas to the onshore section of Phase 18 of South Pars.
Pre-commissioning operations on the platform of Phase 18 are nearly completed and the necessary tests have been carried out.
A 300-member engineering team from Iran’s Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) has been working for installing the platform of Phase 17. But, due to bad weather conditions, the operation has been slowed down.
Phases 17 and 18 development of South Pars are expected to produce 50 mcm/d of natural gas, 80,000 b/d of gas condensate, 400 tons/d of sulfur, 1mt/year of ethane and 1.05 mt/y of liquefied gas.
Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO), Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction (IOEC), OIEC and Iran Marine Industrial Company are developing phases 17 and 18 of South Pars.
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