Iran to catch up Qatar in South Pars in a month

TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) – POGC head said Iran’s recovery from South Pars joint gas field will equal that of Qatar in a month’s time by realizing a total output of 570 million cubic meters.

Mohammad Meshkinfam, Managing Director of Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC), recounted the latest status of lifting Iran’s gas production at South Pars field saying “presently, daily gas production from the field has reached about 480 million cubic meters while the figure will climb to nearly 540 million cubic meters with operation of two previously-damaged subsea pipelines in coming days.”

He estimated that the damaged pipelines of phase 16 and 19 will have come back on stream by February 18 and 24 respectively.

“Furthermore, gas production at phases 19, 20 and 21 will reach full capacity by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (to end March 20),” he continued.

The official, while stressing that the last and only remaining platform of Phase 19 has been deployed to Persian Gulf waters in the current week, estimated the offshore facility will be installed and implemented before the ongoing year ends.

Referring to the latest status of Phase 19 refinery complex, Meshkinfam explained that three natural gas declination units had become operational in the onshore refinery of the phase while the fourth and last unit will become activated within months.

He reiterated that main platforms, sea wells and submarine pipelines of Phase 19 had become implemented for maximum gas production; “execution and operation of onshore refinery and sea platforms of phases 20 and 21 are also on the agenda.”

Upon operation of the two newly-repaired subsea pipelines, the overall gas output capacity will rise by about 50 to 56 million cubic meters, said the official adding “Phase 20 operation will lift output by approximately 28 million cubic meters as well as that operation of remaining platforms in phases 17 and 18 will boost production by another 14 million cubic meters.”

At the end of his remarks, Mohammad Meshkinfam underscored that the overall volume of Iran’s gas production at South Pars will hit 570 million cubic meters by the end of the current year; “given that Qatar’s output stands at 600 million cubic meters and in view of recovery restrictions faced by the Arab state, Iran’s gas output level will practically catch up with that of the Persian Gulf south littoral country by mid-March,” he detailed.

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