Iran launches new sweetening unit in South Pars
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 21
By Gazenfer Hamidov – Trend:
The first gas sweetening train of South Pars Gas field’s Phase 22-24 the refinery came on stream, Farhad Izadjou, operator of the phases’ development project said.
The train is ready to receive soar gas from phases 6-8 of the gas field, Izadjou said, the oil ministry's official website reported Feb. 21.
He further said that the refinery's sweetening train has the capacity to process 12.5 million cubic meters of gas per day, forecasting that the train will receive soar gas and inject sweet gas to the country's natural gas network in the coming weeks.
Izadjou added that construction of the gas refinery belonging to phases 22 to 24 of the South Pars Gas Field has made 92 percent progress. It is planned that the sweetening train of the refinery will come online by March 2019.
Once the project is fully completed, it will produce 56.6 million cubic meters of rich gas per day, 75,000 barrels of gas condensate per day , and 400 tons of sulphur a day .
Moreover, an annual production of one million tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and a million tons of ethane has been envisaged in developing the phases for feeding petrochemical plants.
South Pars gas field with 14 trillion cubic meters of reserves on the Iranian side is jointly owned with Qatar. Iran divided its side of the field into 24 phases and the field's final output capacity is expected to be above 800 mcm/d after launching all phases.
The field covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers, 3,700 square kilometers of which are in Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. The remaining 6,000 square kilometers are in Qatar's territorial waters.
Iran hopes to complete all South Pars phases by March 2019, a target that officials say requires an investment of between $20-30 billion.