Iran calls for bids on Phases 9 and 10 of South Pars project

The National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) on Tuesday offered for international tender two more projects related to the continuing development of South Pars gas field. South Pars field, in the Persian Gulf off Iran, extends into Qatari territory, where it is known as North field.


TEHRAN�The National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) on Tuesday offered for international tender two more projects related to the continuing development of South Pars gas field. South Pars field, in the Persian Gulf off Iran, extends into Qatari territory, where it is known as North field.

According to the Iranian News Agency (IRNA), NIOC said the objectives of the first tender, comprising Phases 9 and 10 of the South Pars development program, include supplying 50 million cu m/day (MMcmd) of treated natural gas to the domestic network. The scope of work for Phases 9 and 10 entails the fabrication and installation of two wellhead platforms on the allocated gulf blocks and the drilling of 2 appraisal and 24 development wells. Two 32-in. and two 4.5-in. subsea lines, each with an approximate length of 100 km, also will be installed, as will an onshore gas-treatment plant.

LPG will be recovered for export at a minimum rate of 1.05 million tonnes/year, while 80,000 b/d of stabilized condensate will be produced, also for export, according to IRNA. And ethane recovery will be at a minimum rate of 1 million tonnes/year, to be used as feedstock for a nearby petrochemical complex, while sulfur will be recovered at a rate of 400 tonnes/day, for export.

NIOC said another tender, for Phases 11 and 12 of South Pars, will be aimed at supporting the delivery of 55 MMcmd of sour gas to an LNG pretreatment and liquefaction complex. This tender will entail a similar work program as the first offer, including production of 80,000 b/d of stabilized condensate for export. NIOC pointed out, however, that installation of the LNG pretreatment and liquefaction complex will fall outside the scope of the second tender.

For both tenders, at least 40% of the contract value should be awarded to the Iranian partner in the joint bid, NIOC said. And the tenders will be conducted on the basis of one of two schemes: buy-back or EPSCC (engineering, procurement, supply, construction, and commissioning).

For Phases 9 and 10, the Pars oil and gas company, Petro Pars, has called on bidders to forward their prequalification documents not later than Sept. 10.

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