Iran launches first oil platform at South Pars Field

Nov 09, 2001 01:00 AM

Iran's first all-home-made offshore oil platform was launched off Bandar Abbas (port) during a ceremony. The gigantic platform was dragged in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf by powerful barges to the South Pars Field, where it was permanently anchored, said the Managing Director of Iran's Shipyards and Offshore Industries Complex, Mostafa Karbalaei.
Construction of the platform by Iranian experts is their first experience. The project cost the country $ 13 mm and took 21 months. The platform weighs 1,800 tons and 1,200 Iranian experts operated in its construction. They were benefited from technical consultation of some foreign companies like the French Total in this complicated project.

The oil drilling platform that is one of the world's most complicated ones, controlled fully automatically and remote controlling of it from a 150 km distance in Assalouyeh Port on Iran's mainland, too, is possible in stormy weather, or when the platform personnel are away. After putting to practical use of this sensitive technical project successfully, Iran is hoped to become a construction pole for such advanced equipment, Karbalaei added.
Installing and inaugurating Iran's first such platform in South Pars Field, will lead to boosting the gas production capacity of the country from 20 to 30 t feet, Deputy Oil Minister Assadollah Salehi said at the ceremony. He added that following the exploitation of the platform, Iran's gas production will increase 50 % in the South Pars Field.

Source: IRNA
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