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Iran, Italy start offshore, onshore pipeline projects

Iran and Italy on Wednesday started a joint project in provincial Assalouyeh region to lay down 90,000 tons of pipelines with a total length of 210 kilometers 70 meters deep in the sea for transfer of gas from phases four and five of South Pars gas field to Assalouyeh refinery, IRNA reported from Bushehr.

Managing Director of South Pars oil and gas field Assadollah Salehiforuz told IRNA here on Wednesday that the offshore and onshore pipeline project is expected to get completed in about four months at a cost of dlrs 69.5 million.

Salehiforuz said the Italian company would lay down two 32-inch pipelines in an area of 207 kilometers in the seabed using a 305 BOS pipeline layer ship as planned before.

He said the Iranian partner too would provide the pipelines covered with a layer of concrete to protect them against corrusion, while laying down about three kilometers of pipelines on the sea shore.

He added that operations have also been launched to build channels alongside the pipelines on the sea shore to protect the pipelines against incoming ships and strong current of water in the area. The official said the offshore section of phases four and five of South Pars comprises two platforms for transfer of gas and liquefied gases to Assalouyeh refinery through three 32-inch pipelines.

He said each platform include 12 wells with their reserves lying 3.5 kilometers deep in the sea. a total of two billion cubic feet of gases is be extracted from these platforms.

He added that phases four and five of South Pars gas field are scheduled to become operational in spring. Fifty million cubic meters of refined natural gas are to be produced for transfer to nationwide gas network a day once the phases come on stream, he said. Salehiforuz said once the phases start operation, about 1.05 million cubic meters of LPG, 80,000 tons of liquefied gases, one million tons of ethane gases and 40 tons of sulfur would be produced daily for exports.

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