to existence of gas treatment facility in Kish and availability of gas
for injection into Iran’s national trunkline and also for exports, this
reservoir has been focused upon by Iranian oil officials. To that
effect, Iran plans to develop this field in three phases and bring its
production to 5 bcf/d. This is why development of Kish gas field was
introduced as an opportunity for investment during the Tehran conference
of Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC). This field is so significant for Iran
that Iran’s petroleum minister, Bijan Zangeneh, considers development
of this field as top priority after joint fields.
the location of this field off the coral island of Kish, which is a
tourism hub in Iran, necessitates a careful development of this gas
field which is recognized as the second largest gas reservoir in the
Persian Gulf. Exploration and drilling operations in this huge gas field
are under way in such a way that the island’s environment would not be
that purpose, six Cluster A wells near the airport as well as the wells
of Cluster B have been drilled directionally in order to occupy the
minimum space on the island and prevent significant changes in the form
of this tourism island. Furthermore, the treatment installations of this
gas field have been moved to Aftab Port in order to avoid air pollution
in the Island. The sour gas produced for refining is piped to Aftab
Port for sweetening before being returned to Kish Island for
Development of Kish gas field has outstanding features which bring about complications and delays.
Haji Hosseinnejad, CEO of Petroleum Engineering and Development Company
(PEDEC), recently announced the inauguration of the first phase of this
gas field in the near future, but there has been also talk of delay in
this gas field. This reservoir is now expected to be developed after
some technical obstacles are removed and necessary equipment is
the latest status of development of this gas field, Haj Hosseinnejad
said: “Currently, all projects of Phase 1, except for processing, have
become active and drilling of 13 onshore wells is under way.”
Phase 1, drilling of 12 production wells, repairing one exploration
well, laying of subsea pipelines and sweetening facilities, gas
condensate recovery, establishment of low-density gas pipeline, gas
condensate export installations and treatment facilities with the
capacity of 28 mcm of sour gas with the objective of recovery of 26
mcm/d of gas and 13,000 b/d of condensate have been envisaged,” he
Haj Hosseinnejad said onshore installations and subsea pipeline for the development of Kish gas field are being completed.
He added that a two-year usance contract has been signed with a domestic company for the construction of power plant.
southwest of Lengeh Port and northwest of Siri Island, Kish gas field
is 60 kilometers east of Lavan Island. It holds around 38.3 tcf of gas
and 398 million barrels of gas condensate.
is to be gathered and transmitted to Aftab Port where the refinery is
located. All gas produced from Kish will be pumped to the Aftab Port
refinery to be desalted before being injected into national trunkline
Onshore Drilling Progressing
objective behind the development of the first phase of Kish gas field
is production of 1 bcf of gas, gas refining at the Kish refinery to be
used for domestic consumption as well as production of 11,300 barrels of
gas condensate for exports. Drilling of onshore wells is to reach 85%
while onshore pipeline will be 83% complete by the end of the second
month of calendar year.
Kish gas field is estimated to contain 48 tcf of gas held at the depth
of 4,400 meters. This amount of gas is currently valued at $300 billion.
If the international gas price is taken into account, this figure will
jump to $500 billion. The thermal value of gas and its products is also
estimated at $750 billion. Preliminary studies indicate that up to 5
bcf/d gas would be recovered from Kish field.
to the latest reports, development of the first phase of Kish gas field
is making satisfactory progress and drilling is mostly done in this
phase. Reconsidering the design of the first phase development of this
gas field in order to eliminate energy-consuming processes and replacing
them with processes with lower energy consumption are on the PEDEC’s
the development of Kish gas field, several processes have been
indigenized thanks to international sanctions. In gas sweetening, a
project is under way in cooperation with the Research Institute of
Petroleum Industry (RIPI) for regulation of water and hydrocarbon dew
points. This project is said to be economical.
coincidence with the first phase development of Kish gas field,
building offices, camp and guesthouse is being severely pursued in this
region. The construction of camp in Aftab Port has reached 70% progress,
while offices and guesthouse are more than 80% complete.