Iran aims to maximize offshore oil output

Offshore staff

TEHRAN -- Iran is looking at ways to lift oil production from various offshore fields in the Persian Gulf.

According to a report by Iranian news service Shana, the National Iranian Offshore Oil Co. (NIOC) is focusing on the Soroush, Norouz, Hendijan, Bahregansar, and Mahshar oil fields.

All are close to Bushehr province, where oil production started in the 1940s.

Currently, Bahregansar, Hendijan, Norouz, and Soroush produce over 235,000 b/d of oil combined. The bulk of this comes from Norouz and Soroush, around 190,000 b/d of heavy crude (11-12° API).

Recently, NIOC’s managing director Mahmoud Zirkachianzade announced plans to develop 18 oil and gas fields in the Persian Gulf. He also expected Iran’s offshore oil production to increase by at least 25,000 b/d during the current Iranian year, ending on March 20.

01/03/2011



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