South Pars Phase 14a gas platform flare lit
The flare has been lit on the new 14a platform serving Phase 14 of the South Pars gas field development in the Persian Gulf, according to news service Shana.
According to official Hamid Reza Masoudi, rich sour gas produced by the 500 MMcf/d capacity platform will be exported through a 32-in. pipeline to onshore gas refining facilities by early March for processing.
The 2,500-ton platform, the first for Phase 14, was installed earlier this month. National Iranian Drilling Co. is managing drilling operations, with 11 wells planned initially, eight for gas production.
The project is under development by a consortium of Industrial Projects Management of Iran, Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran, Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Co., Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex Co., MAPNA Group, National Iranian Drilling Co., and Machin Sazi Arak.
Among other Shana reports, National Iranian Gas Co (NIGC) plans to launch three specialist gas-research institutes in cooperation with leading academic institutes.
NIGC’s cooperation with the University of Tehran will focus on mini-LNG technologies while the collaboration with the University of Science and Technology will examine turbines and intelligent gas measurement and potential for digital advances.
Other priorities are sulfur recovery, gas desalination, and reduction of gas pollutants.
Mehran Amir-Moeini, managing director of National Iranian Gas Export Co., says Iran is working to progress gas exports to Oman under the terms of engineering, procurement, construction, and financing, or building, operation, and transfer contracts.
“In both methods, the project financing will be awarded to the winning bidder,” he said, “with the difference that in the first method, the project risk will be shouldered by the employer while in the second method, the contractor will have to bear the project’s risks,” he said.
The aim is to export 43 MMcm of gas annually fromIran to Oman via a subsea pipeline over a period of at least 15 years.
The project will be performed in different phases, comprising, onshore, offshore and gas pressure and measuring stations in Iran as well as gas reception facilities in Oman.
The subsea pipeline will be 192 km (119 mi) long and 36-in. diameter, and will traverse deepwater sections of the Oman Sea, down to a maximum depth of 1,340 m (4,396 ft).