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Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC), a subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), has announced the completion of the first 32-inch offshore pipeline as part of phase 19 of the South Pars energy zone, Iran.

The new pipeline, which extends across 15km, is expected to develop offshore projects and extract gas reserves promptly from the field.

The project manager, Hamidreza Masoudi, said Iranian specialists took less than two months to build the pipeline for transferring gas produced in offshore platforms.

"Also, all the equipment and commodities required for construction of the offshore pipelines have been supplied domestically," the project official said.

POGC said the laying of the first route for transferring ethylene glycol from refinery to offshore was completed earlier.

"It is expected that the South Pars gas field development will meet growing demands for natural gas."

South Pars gas field is one of the biggest gas reserves in the world, located in the Persian Gulf waters shared by Iran and Qatar.

The Iranian part of the field covers an area about 3,700 square kilometres with gas reserves of more than 14 trillion cubic metres, equal to eight percent of the total gas reserves of the world and half of the country’s discovered gas reserves.

About 24 phases are presently being designed to produce 820 million cubic metres of gas each day.

It is expected that the South Pars gas field development will meet the growing demands for natural gas, injection into oil fields, gas and condensate exports as feedstock for petrochemical industries.

Image: Pipe laying under phase 19 has been completed at the South Pars gas field. Photo courtesy of POGC.