POGC Prepares to Install SPD19A Platform for Iran's South Pars Gas Project

Iran's Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC), operator of Phase 19 of the South Pars Gas Project, reported Tuesday that the SPD19A platform has been loaded for delivery at the Khorramshahr Yard ahead of installation at the field.

The 2,700-ton SPD19A, the second of four platforms for Phase 19, was loaded June 18. The firm would tap on experience gained in installing platforms for Phases 12, 17, 18 and SPD 19C to reduce the installation time for SPD19A. POGC expects Phase 19 to produce 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas by the end of this year after platforms SPD2, SPD19C and SPD19A become operational. 

Platform 19C was installed at the field and the offshore facility has commenced operations, adding 1 Bcf of natural gas to the Phase's production, POGC executive Hamidreza Masoudi said in the press release.

Meantime, the operator of Phase 19 said that work on sweetening units and gas condensate stabilizers would be completed by mid-August while sulfur recycling units, and liquid petroleum unit (LPG) facilities are targeted for completion by March 2017.

According to Masoudi, most of the work for platform installation, laying down of a subsea pipeline to connect it to an onshore refinery some 140 miles (225 kilometers) away as well as pipelines for injection and delivery of glycol have been carried out.

South Pars Phase 19 is expected to produce 1.77 million cubic feet per day (Mmcf/d) or 50,000 cubic meter per day of sweet gas, 75,000 barrels a day of gas condensate, 400 tons a day of sulfur, 1.05 million tons a year of LPG and 1 million tons a year of ethane. Masoudi added that design, engineering, construction, and operation of the South Pars gas field have been carried out by Iranian contractors.

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