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Largest Persian Gulf topside installed in Salman oilfield

Tehran, Dec 5, IRNA - Khouf Production Platform (KPP) of Salman field in southern Iran, the largest topside in the Persian Gulf, was installed by FLB124 barge, using float-over method.

Petroiran Development Company quoted EPC2 project manager as saying that the giant topside was installed at 23:50 local hours (2120 GMT), earlier than due time.

Hamid Moussavi added the preliminary loading operation of the platform began Friday and continued without stoppage, PIN reported.

He said the loading was conducted through push-pull mechanism, adding the KPP topside would initially produce gas extracted from Dalan gas field wells.

About 550 million cubic feet of gas per day (CFD) is transferred to Sirri Island in the Persian Gulf through undersea pipeline, Moussavi said.

The official reiterated the KPP platform was installed through float- over method while other platforms had been installed through crane-lift method.

In addition to processing some 550 million feet of gas per day, the KPP is to produce about 6,500 barrels of gas condensates daily.

The Persian Gulf University graduates designed and built 90 percent of the KPP, said a Sadra Industrial Island official.

Ali Moqaddam, the manager of island and Bushehr Shipbuilding Plant, added the construction of platform helped the country save 40 percent of foreign currency.

He said the 50x52 meter KPP topside weighing about 6,300 tons was loaded by DOT company, a subsidiary of Iran Offshore Industries Company (SADRA).

Moqaddam said the platform cost the country about 100 million dollars, adding EPC2 platform had the capacity to separate and refine gas that would be transferred to Sirri Island through pipes laid in the seabed.

He said only the design of the first pillar of the platform was made by the British company, John Brown, however adding Iranian experts were also able to make the design and offer shop drawing.

The official said platforms of phases 6-8 of South Pars field were made on the island, of which one had been installed and would become operational in the near future.

The topside weighs over 6,300 tons and its weight will soar to 7,500 tons when it becomes operational.

Given the weight of its jacket, the eight-legged KPP platform will reach about 10,000 tons.

The topside consists of three main docks and 107 packages, including two 7 MW generators and one gas compressor.

Salman field's residential platform is the next topside that will be carried from Sadr Company's workshop in Bandar Abbas to the field and it will be installed in the next stage.

Salman field is to have 7 topsides and 7 jackets, of which four topsides have been so far installed.

Flare topside named FPP, PP3 topside, 2SKC drilling topside, and 2SKB topside have been already installed in Salman field.

All 7 jackets have been already placed and the LQ3 residential platform accommodating 60 persons and GLP platform in the oil section of Salman field will be installed later.

Development plan of Salman oil and gas field has progressed 95 percent and will be made operational before the end of the current Iranian calendar year, March 19, 2008.

The plan aims at increase production of the field to 50,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 500 million cubic feet of gas and about 6,000 barrels of gas condensate a day.

Cumulative production from Salman oil and gas field has been reported at 187.418 million barrels and average cumulative production of the field stood at over 84,000 barrels per day.

Repairing and promoting existing installations by National Iranian Offshore Oil Company, construction of topsides and their installation by SAF and SADRA companies are major steps to be taken with regard to developing the field.

Also, basic and detailed engineering, civil operations, wiring, electricity supply, and installation of other equipment have progressed over 99 percent.

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