Turkmenistan expands raw materials source for gas supplies to Iran

Oil&Gas Materials 19 December 2013 13:32 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Dec. 19
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:

A gas compressor station has opened at the Keimir field in the western Balkan region of Turkmenistan, where natural gas will be supplied to the Turkmenistan-Iran gas main line.

"This gas compressor station is designed to pump one billion cubic meters of natural gas to the gathering point at the Keimir field," Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said on Tuesday. "Then it will be supplied from the complex of stations at the Akpatlavuk field to the Turkmenistan-Iran gas main line."

This project is intended to increase the pressure of the associated gas contained in oil and pump it to the starting point of the pipeline.

The text of the appeal says that the commissioning of the facility will allow the collection of associated gas contained in oil. After increasing the pressure of this gas, it can smoothly provide oil wells operating on a gas lift method at the Keimir and Akpatlavuk fields with gas.

At the current stage, Turkmennebit is carrying out work on the industrial development of onshore fields and development of the North Goturdepe field in the coastal area of the Caspian Sea. The work on the development of new fields such as Chekishler, Garadurun, South Gamyshlydzha and Nebitlije, located in the country's west can be regarded as being one of the prospective directions.

Experts often mention the considerable prospects of the Altyguyy field where new deposits have been discovered.

"Turkmenistan's strategy which priorities diversification of energy supply routes and ensures its security, creates great opportunities for carrying out geological and exploration works at the oil and gas fields and for industrial processing of hydrocarbons," President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed in his message.

The work on implementation of this project is being carried out by Global International Engineering by an order of the Turkmennebit State Concern.

The supply of Turkmen gas to Iran began in 1995 after the commissioning of the Korpeje-Gurtguyy pipeline. The two neighbouring countries opened additional capacities along the Dovletabad-Serakhs route in 2009.

A related branch over the territory of Iran from Serakhs to Sangbast through Hangeran was opened in November 2010.

Tehran and Ashgabat earlier said they are holding negotiations on increasing the supply of Turkmen gas to Iran.

Translated by N.H., L.Z.

Edited by S.M.