Iran has begun producing gas from the final and most complex phase of its giant South Pars gas field development. First gas from the 2bn cfd Phase 11 has been achieved according to a 15 August statement from National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) CEO Mohsen Khojastehmehr. Raw gas from four wells is delivered via two 32-inch subsea pipelines to two 1bn cfd processing units onshore at the South Pars Gas Complex in Assaluyeh. Once fully operational, Phase 11 will produce from 24 wells.

Mr Khojastehmehr says the project “is ready for official opening” by President Ebrahim Raisi but did not indicate a date. Neither did he reveal how much gas was being produced, although NIOC in May said output would begin at 14mn m³/d (around 500mn cfd) (MEES, 13 May). (CONTINUED - 237 WORDS)