EghtesadOnline: The first gas sweetening train in Phase 13 of South Pars Gas Field in the Persian Gulf is ready to go on stream to inject the strategic fuel into the national gas grid.
According to Shana, the refining unit will receive sour gas from phases 6, 7 and 8 as part of Iran’s production plan from the world’s largest gas field that is shared with Qatar.
Development of Phase 13 is so far 84% complete and the rest will be completed by the fiscal yearend (March 20). The phase is set to go full swing by the end of the next fiscal.
Phase 13 projects consist of offshore infrastructure, including 38 wells, four platforms and four pipelines stretching about 90 kilometers off the Persian Gulf coast, as well as onshore facilities, including four gas refining units each with a daily processing capacity of 14 million cubic meters, according to Financial Tribune.
The two platforms needed to initiate the offshore project’s activities are set to be loaded and installed in April.
Once completed, the phase is slated to produce 56 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. It is planned to extract 2,900 tons of liquefied petroleum gas, 2,750 tons of ethane, 75,000 barrels of ultra light crude, also known as condensate, and 400 tons of sulfur per day from the offshore project.
Previous reports quoted Mohammad Meshkinfam, the chief executive of Pars Oil and Gas Company, as saying that the onshore part of Phase 13 has been 92% complete and the progress is at a good pace and a normal stage of development.
A consortium of local firms, namely Iran Marine Industrial Company or SADRA, energy conglomerate MAPNA and Petro Paydar Iranian Company, is developing Phase 13.
South Pars, which is known as the North Dome in the Qatari territory, is being developed in 24 phases.
Phase 13 is in line with Iran’s plans to raise natural gas output to 1.1 billion cubic meters per day by 2021.
The country’s gas production capacity stands over 800 million cubic meters a day, but output has been dented in recent months because of the shutdown of several South Pars production and refining facilities.
Iran hopes to complete all South Pars phases by March 2019, a target that officials say requires $20-30 billion in investment. Supplies from South Pars make up nearly two-thirds of Iran’s total gas supply.