Iran hopeful to find new gas reserves in Golestan
Tehran, Iran, November 3
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
CEO of Caspian Oil Company Ali Osuli said in hope of finding new gas reserves in the northern Golestan area, the company is going to start a new round of exploration operations.
Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to sign drilling contracts with the National Iranian Drilling Co., Osuli said by finding new reserves, it is hoped that delivery of gas in northern Iran will be facilitated, SHANA news agency reported November 3.
In recent decades Iran has carried out several exploration operations in the area, including the drilling of three wells about twenty years ago, to come to nothing.
He said a consortium comprising of Shell and other companies including Caspian carried out inspections in southern Caspian Sea which led to the identification of 46 structures.
He further said the drilling Sardad Jangal's second well has been completed.
Osuli also said that gas reserves are also expected to be found in Iranian borders with Turkmenistan.
Iran has so far carried out exploration drilling in the Caspian Sea using the Iran Amir Kabir semi submersible drilling unit (SSDU). Toward the end of 2011 it was announced that Iran had found a huge gas field. But a few months later, Iran announced that the Sardar-e Jangal field contains both oil and gas.
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.