The operation of the first gas sweetening train of Phase 14 refinery in the giant South Pars Gas Field by January 2022 is of high priority for the National Iranian Oil Company, the company’s deputy for production said.
“Due to rising gas consumption in the country and in order to prevent gas shortage in winter, the launch of Phase 14 refinery is very important,” Farrokh Alikhani added.
Units, including steam boilers and gas condensate storage facilities, have become operational in the phase, while other sections, namely instrument air unit and gas sweeteners, are near completion. The construction of the overall facility has made over 90% progress.
The refining unit is equipped with six water boilers with a combined capacity of 160 tons of steam per hour. The boilers, which are among the central systems of a refinery, were built by Iran's top engineering and energy enterprise MAPNA Group.
The South Pars Gas Field in the Persian Gulf has 24 phases, all but Phase 11 are up and running. Since no more refineries will be built for this section, Phase 14 refinery is the last onshore processing facility in the huge field that Iran shares with Qatar.
The offshore section of the phase is complete and all the platforms are functioning. It has four platforms, each with a production capacity of 14 million cubic meters of gas per day.
Because the new refinery is still under construction, sour gas from the phase is supplied to refineries in phases 12 and 19.
In addition to 56 million cubic meters of gas, the phase produces 75,000 barrels of gas condensates and 400 tons of sulfur per day.
It also supplies LPG and ethane (1 million tons a year) for domestic use and as feedstock to petrochemical companies in the Pars Special Energy Economic Zone in Bushehr Province.