Iran plans to increase gas production at South Pars gas field by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, Tehran Times reports citing Iran’s oil minister.
Describing the South Pars gas field as Iran’s biggest industrial hub, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says: “The promise to increase gas production from South Pars to 100 million cubic metres (mcm) [per day] will be fulfilled by the end of the current (Iranian) year.”
Zanganeh expresses hope that key phases of the massive offshore reservoir will come on stream soon.
“Phases 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18 were among top priorities in the giant gas field,” he said adding, “Phase 12 will be fully operational in the near future.”
In December, a senior Iranian energy official said phase 16 of South Pars has come on line.
“Phase 16 of the massive offshore reservoir supplied to the trunkline its first delivery of sweet gas measuring 7.5mcm,” Reza Forouzesh, development manager for phases 15 and 16 of South Pars, says.
“The output of phases 15 and 16 will hit 23mcm per day once three gas desalting installations become operational,” he adds.
South Pars covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers (sqkm), 3,700sqkm of which are in Iran’s territorial waters in the Gulf. The remaining 6,000 sqkm are situated in Qatar’s territorial waters.
The gas field is estimated to hold a significant amount of natural gas, accounting for about eight per cent of the world’s reserves, and approximately 18 billion barrels of condensate.