Iran brings on line fourth gas rig at Phase 14 of South Pars, expands production to over 700 mcm/d

Iran has started pumping natural gas from fourth rig at Phase 14 of South Pars in the Persian Gulf to bring production from the gas field to over 700 mcm per day.

21 March 2020
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Iran has started pumping natural gas from fourth rig at Phase 14 of South Pars in the Persian Gulf to bring production from the gas field to over 700 mcm per day.

An Iranian technician stands in front of SPD-14D gas drilling rig being installed at a location 100 kilometers off the port of Kangan in the Persian Gulf. Photo: SHANA

Iran has started pumping natural gas from fourth rig at Phase 14 of South Pars in the Persian Gulf to bring production from the gas field to over 700 mcm per day.

The rig, a super-size structure fully built inside Iran, had been installed at a location some 100 kilometers off the port of Kangan in southern Iran in early February.

The SPD-14D is now pumping 14.2 million cubic meters (mcm) per day of natural gas from the offshore field, bringing the total production from Phase 14 of South Pars to 56 mcm a day.   

Iranian engineers and technicians had ended installations for extra equipment at a separate drilling rig in the adjacent Phase 13 of South Pars late on Thursday, SHANA reported. 

The reports said the platform was the third of a group of four rigs that would bring total gas production from Phase 13 to 56 mcm per day.

The map shows the locaton of South Pars gas field, which is the largest gas field in the world and is shared between Iran and Qatar.

Iran’s rapid development of South Pars over the past Persian calendar year ending on Thursday March 19 come despite mounting difficulties facing the government in accessing technology and finances because of the American sanctions.

Giant international energy firms like France’s Total and China’s CNPC withdrew from a major agreement to develop Phase 11 of the field after the United States imposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran in November 218.

Production from the sprawling gas field is now exceeding 700 mcm per day thanks to homegrown efforts and extensive government support.

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