South Pars phases 2 and 3 move ahead

25 January 2002

The onshore gas treatment facilities of phases 2 and 3 of the South Pars gas development scheme are ready to begin operations in the next few weeks following the arrival of the first gas on 16 January. France's TotalFinaElf, which has the contract to develop both phases, confirmed that gas deliveries had arrived and commissioning was under way at the first gas train located at the onshore treatment centre at Bandar Assaluyeh.

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.

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