Total, CNPC seal $5b gas deal with Iran

July 3, 2017

TEHRAN - Iran signed a deal with France’s Total and China’s state-owned National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for development of phase 11 of its South Pars gas field, Shana reported on Monday.

The $4.879-billion deal was signed by National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), as the contractor of project, and a consortium of companies comprising Total, CNPC and Iran’s Petropars.

Based on the deal, Total has a 50.1 percent interest in the project, alongside CNPC which holds a 30 percent share and Petropars holding 19.9 percent of interest.

As Total wrote on its website, the project will have a production capacity of 2 billion cubic feet (about 56 million cubic meters) per day of gas or 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day including condensate. The produced gas will supply the Iranian domestic market starting in 2021. 

Phase 11 will be developed in two phases. The first phase, with an estimated cost of around $2 billion, will consist of 30 wells and 2 wellhead platforms connected to existing onshore treatment facilities by two subsea pipelines. At a later stage, once required by reservoir conditions, a second phase will be launched involving the construction of offshore compression facilities, a first on the South Pars field,

In the signing ceremony of the deal, NIOC Managing Director Ali Kardor noted that based on $50 oil, phase 11 output will bring the country $84 billion in revenues, IRNA reported.

By the end of the contract’s 20-year period, 335 billion cubic meters (bcm) of sour gas, 290 million barrels of gas condensate and 315 bcm of sweet gas will be extracted from the field, the official announced.

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