Iranian company says carried out drilling in absence of foreign companies

Business Materials 1 June 2015 14:51 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, June 1

By Temkin Jafarov, Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

Iranian drilling company Haffar Chah Jonoub has been one of the companies that carried out related projects during the time when foreign companies could not cooperate with Iran due to Western economic sanctions.

One of the projects we did was to install the Amir Kabir drilling rig in the Caspian Sea, Said Jelveh, director of sales and operations of the company told Trend June 1.

According to Jelveh, the American oil equipment company Cameron had sold drilling equipment to Iran's Sadra and Caspian Oil, but the project stalled due to sanctions.

"In 2008 Caspian Oil said that following a government decree we had to operate the equipment and start drilling," he said.

"At the peak of sanctions when foreign companies could not come to Iran, Haffar Chah Jonoub signed a contract and imported a heavy load of equipment needed. We also brought technicians from SUBCEA to accompany Iranian technicians," he explained.

He added that upon the time when equipment was going to be installed 740 meters deep in the Caspian Sea to start the drilling, sanctions were intensified and the project completely stopped.

"But they told us to do everything, they even said we should start even if there were problems," he said.

The Amir Kabir oil drilling rig's crane crashed during one of the drilling operations of the second exploratory well last year.

The rig's facilities and pipelines were not damaged as a result of the incident. The rig resumed its operation 48 hours after the incident with its second crane.

The Amir Kabir SemiSub Drilling Rig is to explore and drill oil wells to extract Iran's share of the oil and gas from the Caspian Sea.

In December 2011 Iran announced that has discovered a huge gas field after years-longed operations with Amir Kabir rig in the Caspian Sea. Iran called this field Sardar-e Jangal.

Sardar-e Jangal field's first well reportedly was drilled 700 metres in depth through benthos in 1000-metre deep waters.

The field's natural gas reserves are approximately about 50 trillion cubic feet, according to the Iranian media outlets.

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