Iran to resume exploration at Caspian Sea
Tehran, Iran, October 18
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
Iran is going to start a new round of exploratory activities at Hydrocarbon Bloc 8 of the Caspian Sea.
The explorations will start as soon as the semi-submersible drilling unit Amir Kabir is relocated, SHANA news agency reported October 18.
The official order to start the operations was issued in July at a special meeting by the representatives from the National Iranian Oil Company and officials of the Caspian Oil Company.
Currently the Amir Kabir along with three tow boats and a logistic watercraft are going through the last stages of their repair and maintenance operations, after which the Amir Kabir will be relocated to the designated spot.
The platform is to start exploration at Exploration Bloc 8.
Caspian Oil Company CEO Ali Osuli said recently that finding hydrocarbon resources at the Caspian Sea will not be unexpected once the explorations kick off.
Right now there are a series of repairs to be done on the Iran Amir Kabir platform and the company will move to the next well in the Caspian Sea in the near future upon order by the Client (the National Iranian Oil Company), Hedayatollah Khademi, CEO of the North Drilling Co. told Trend July 1.
"Construction of the Amir Kabir platform was started 13 years ago under the licence of the GVA (Swedish Company) and then completed by Iran's Sadra Company. In addition, a drilling operation control system at this platform technically belongs to the Norwegian Maritime Hydraulic Company. Knowledge was needed to operate with this platform, therefore individuals were sent to Norway to learn about deep water drilling and then the same team was sent one more time to Scotland to learn more things," Khademi said.