The Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) has reportedly started production from the Asmari reservoir of Abouzar oilfield in the Persian Gulf.

IOOC petroleum engineering head Javad Rostami was quoted by Iran’s oil ministry news service Shana as saying: “With the planning made in the past few months for the development of the upper Asmari layer of Abouzar field, a new well called A14-4H was drilled in this reservoir and after the completion of the well and its commissioning, oil production from this reservoir was realized for the first time in history of the field’s development.”

The firm is planning to drill more wells to further the development of the reservoir.

After drilling five to eight new wells, the reservoir is estimated to have a production capacity of 6,000 to 10,000 barrels of oil.

The development and production of Abouzar field has so far focused on other reservoirs, including Ghar, which is anticipated to have 4030 million barrels of oil in place, according to Shana news agency.

Other reservoirs at the field include Bergen with estimated 118 million barrels of oil in place and Dammam, which is predicted to hold 138 million barrels of oil in place.

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Output at the Abouzar field, which is located 76km south-west of Kharg Island, currently stands at nearly 200,000 barrels per day.

Production from the field is transferred to the Kharg island via a pipeline for processing and exporting.

Of the 107 oil wells drilled so far at the Abouzar field, 90 are in the operational phase while the remaining are idle due to age and technical problems, reported the news agency.

Currently, more than 100 people are working on the platforms of the field and most of the country’s oil production in the Persian Gulf comes from this field.