South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Constructionhas the subcontract to build the gas treatment plant, which entails four gas trains with a total capacity of 2,000 million cubic feet a day of gas. All four units are scheduled to come on stream over the next six months. The plant will also produce 80,000 barrels a day of condensate.

Initial gas supplies will come on a temporary basis from the Nar-Kangan gas field until the offshore facilities of phases 2 and 3 come on stream. It will be piped in through a 67-kilometre, 56-inch line. The gas will then be fed into the domestic grid.

Originally, phase 1 of the South Pars scheme, which is being developed by the local Petropars, was supposed to be commissioned to coincide with the start-up of phases 2 and 3. However, phase 1 is running almost 18 months behind schedule and will only begin producing in early 2003. TotalFinaElf ordered the alternative solution when it realised that phase 1 would be delayed.