Iran to inaugurate South Pars gas field Phase 19 refinery
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.4
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran will inaugurate the first unit of the South Pars gas field Phase 19 refinery in the current Iranian fiscal year, which started on March 21.
Seyed Hadi Mirbaqeri, an official with the National Iranian Oil Company, said that building onshore refinery of Phase 19 has progressed by 83 percent, and laying the pipelines 91 percent, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on April 4.
Meanwhile, drilling offshore wells of Phase 19 has progressed by 95 percent, he added.
The project of developing the 19th phase is aimed at producing 50 million cubic meters of sweet gas plus 75,000 barrels of gas condensates, as well as 400 metric tons of sulfur per day.
1.05 million metric tons of liquid gas as well as one million metric tons of ethane in a year are also expected to be extracted from this phase.
The South Pars field has 14 trillion cubic meters of natural gas -or about eight percent of the world's reserves- and more than 18 billion barrels of liquefied natural gas resources.
The field is part of a wider gas field that is shared with Qatar. The larger field covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers, 3,700 square kilometers of which are in Iran's territorial waters (South Pars) in the Gulf. The remaining 6,000 square kilometers, referred to as the North Dome, are in Qatar's territorial waters.
Iran's share of the gas field is divided into 29 phases, but just 10 phases are currently operational. No phases of the South Pars gas field have recently come on stream.