Iran plans oil exploration at Gulf of Oman
Tehran, Iran, December 10
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
Iran has made provisions within its 6th Development Plan (to be implemented 2017-2022) to carry out exploration projects at the Gulf of Oman, according to National Iranian Oil Company’s Deputy Director of Exploration Bahman Soleimani, SHANA news agency reported December 10.
This will be Iran’s first such project at the Gulf of Oman. Iran has made preliminary studies into the capacities existing at the gulf, but there haven’t been any complementary projects so far.
According to Soleimani, the 6th Development Plan includes provisions for drilling projects if exploration at the Gulf of Oman come out with promising results.
The depth of water at the Gulf of Oman varies from 1,000 to 3,000 meters, requiring special drilling equipment.
Soleimani said the drilling depth from the seabed will be somewhere between 1.5 to 6.1 kilometers.
Iran has already drilled wells at the Persian Gulf, where the depth of water is at most 150 meters. The deepest wells drilled by Iran at the Persian Gulf are 4.3 kilometers deep.