Iran begins drilling on Phase 11 of South Pars Field
The drilling operation on Phase 11 of South Pars Gas Field in southern Iran began on Saturday, an official reported.
Mohsen Rezaei, the caretaker of the development project of Phase 11 of South Pars Field, said that the project aims to excavate about one billion cubic feet of gas from the phase each day.
South Pars Field is shared by Iran and Qatar in the Persian Gulf waters in southern Iran.
In an exclusive interview with IRNA on Oct 20, Managing-Director of the South Pars Field Hadi Hashemzadeh Farhang said that once Iran completes the new phase of South Pars Field, it will outpace Qatar in gas excavation from the shared field by 120 mcm/d.
The official said that Iran finally won the “breathtaking marathon” over gas excavation in the shared field with Qatar.
Now 23 years after the South Pars development project inaugurated, the field, having 12 refineries, has turned into the biggest gas refinery complex of the world.
With the inauguration of phases 2 and 3 in 2001, the field used to produce some 56 mcm/d of gas which has now risen to 700 mcm/d, he added.
He said that what doubles Iran’s achievement in outpacing Qatar in the excavation of gas from the shared field is that only one-third of the area of the field is located within the Iranian territory while the rest two-thirds are in the Qatari waters.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA