By Ebrahim Fallahi

Iran able to rise oil output, complies with OPEC pact

February 4, 2018

TEHRAN – Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said although Iran is able to increase its crude oil output by 100,000 barrels per day in less than few days but complying with OPEC, non-OPEC pact the country will keep the output at the agreed levels.

According to the minister, the increase in production levels would come from the West Karoun oilfields which Iran shares with Iraq.

“Oil production from the West Karoun fields has currently reached 305,000 barrels per day, 145,000 barrels more than last year’s 160,000 barrels,” Zanganeh said.

The official further noted that the country’s average daily oil production in the first ten months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2017- January 20, 2018) increased by 160,000 barrels compared to the figure for the last year’s same time span.

“The average exports in the same period also increased by 60,000 barrels on year,” 

Development of shared fields, ministry’s priority

Elsewhere in his remarks, the minister stressed the development of shared fields as the ministry’s priority saying, "These fields will either be developed by domestic companies or will be assigned to strong foreign contractors."

Asked about the potential foreign contractors for developing the fields, the minister didn’t mention any names due to security issues stating that negotiations are ongoing with domestic and foreign companies for development of the fields.

“Since there are always parties who try to intervene with contract signing processes, we prefer not to announce the names of companies with which the negotiations are close to conclusion,” the minister explained.
 
He stated that National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) is currently negotiating with over 20 foreign and domestic companies to sign contracts for the development of the country’s oil and gas fields.

West Karoun region includes five oilfields (Yadavaran, North Azadegan, South Azadegan, North Yaran, and South Yaran) Iran shares with Iraq at the western part of Iran’s southwestern region of Karoun.

Total activities in Iran on track

Pointing to the NIOC’s deal with French energy giant Total, Zanganeh said France’s Total is working on development project of Iran’s South Pars gas field (shared with Qatar in the Persian Gulf) based on the schedule.

He further explained that the French company is negotiating with Iranian suitors to award different parts of the project to Iranian sub-contractors.

Iran will take legal action against Pakistan if negotiations fail

The minister elsewhere mentioned Iran and Pakistan’s gas pipeline conflict noting that Iran has done his part of the deal and the pipeline is taken to the Pakistani border, but Pakistan has not taken any action.

“If Pakistan doesn’t take necessary actions in this regard Iran has no choice but to take legal actions,” he added.

Gas exports to Iraq

Further in his remarks, referring to gas exports to Iraq, the minister said Iran currently exports 13 million cubic meters of natural gas to Baghdad.

“The pipeline to Basra has also been completed but the Iraqi side is not ready to receive the gas; exports to Basra will be commenced as soon as they prepare the infrastructure,” he added.

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