Phase starts to boost South Pars gas flow

Production from giant South Pars natural gas field offshore Iran will increase to 730 million cu m/day next March from 575 million cu m/day at present following the recent or imminent start-ups of five development phases, according to Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh.

The government also said production from the South Pars oil layer has reached its plateau rate of 35,000 b/d from seven wells. Oil flow into the Cyrus floating production, storage, and offloading vessel began Mar. 20.

South Pars Phases 17 and 18, which the Shana news agency described as “ready for official inauguration,” comprise four platforms, 44 wells, and two 34-in. pipelines to purpose-built processing facilities onshore.

Target production rates for Phases 17 and 18 are 50 million cu m/day of gas, 80 b/d of condensate, and 400 tons/day of sulfur.

With four platforms near the maritime border with Qatar, Phase 19 has total design capacities of 56 million cu m/day of sour gas, 50 million cu m/day of sweet gas, 550 tons/day of ethane, 2,000 tons/day of propane, 12,000 tons/day of butane, 80,000 b/d of gas condensate, and 400 tons/day of sulfur.

Phases 20 and 21 have a platform each with capacities totaling 56.6 million cu m/day of rich gas, 75,000 b/d of condensate, 400 tons/day of sulfur, 1.05 million tons/year of LPG, and 1 million tons/year of ethane.

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