TEHRAN, Iran — Petropars plans to start gas production from the Balal Field in the Persian Gulf within the next two years, according to new service Shana.
Balal, which overlaps Iranian and Qatari waters, is east of the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf and 100 km southwest of Lavan Island.
Petropars plans to drill eight production wells from the field’s new platform with targeted production of up to 500 MMcf/d.
Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) is constructing the topsides and Iran Marine Industrial Company (SADRA) the jacket, with IOEC also said to install the associated export pipeline.
The jacket should be completed by mid-March 2024, at which point drilling operations will begin. A pilot well has been drilled to support the design for the other wells.
In another Shana report, Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) expects Iran’s production from the Persian Gulf to rise by about 10,000 bbl/d by mid-March 2024.
Decks for the new A20 and A21 platforms for the offshore Abouzar oil fields are currently 85% complete at the port of Khorramshahr in Khuzestan. Both weigh about 1,200 t, with the substructures already installed at the offshore locations.
Eight wells are being drilled and pre-commissioning of facilities offshore should begin within a month.