Training new generation of experts feat of SP.11 contract with Total: President

SHANA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says rearing skilled legal and technical experts is one of the achievements of signature of a deal between NIOC and a French-Iranian consortium.

Addressing a friendly meeting with Iranian Ministry of Petroleum experts and executives, Mr. Rouhani lauded the ministry’s performance in having the deal signed under the framework of the newly-developed oil contract model (also known as the Iran Petroleum Contract—IPC).

The Iranian president also thanked Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh and the young and skilled experts who were involved in signature of the deal.

French energy major Total signed a contract on Monday with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for developing phase 11 of the supergiant South Pars Gas Field in Iran.

The strategic deal was signed between NIOC and a consortium comprising France’s Total, China’s CNPC International and Petropars Company from Iran.

A ceremony was held here in Tehran in the presence of Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh, Total chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné, CNPC International President Mr. Lyu and Hamid Akbari, managing director of Petropars.

Total will operate the project with a 50.1% interest alongside Petropars (19.9%) and the CNPC (30%). The consortium is expected to produce around 50 million cubic meters of gas per day from the offshore reserves of SP. 11 project.

During 20 years of gas extraction under the contract, an estimated volume of 335 billion cubic meters of rich, sour natural gas will be produced from the phase with 290 million barrels of gas condensate, 14 million tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), 12 million tons of ethane and 2 million tons of sulfur as well as 315 billion cubic meters of light sweet gas.

The energy carriers produced by the project will be valued at more than $54b considering the current prices.

Preliminary production from the project will begin from the project 40 months after signature of the contract. Considering the intricacy of construction of pressure boosting facilities, the contract will take 36 months for studies and 60 months for platform construction.

The project is estimated to cost $4,879 which will be settled in a 10-year period.