Project highlight: The South Pars Field

The Iranian South Pars field is the northern extension of Qatar’s giant North Field. It covers an area of 500 square miles and is located 3,000m below the seabed at a water depth of 65m. The Iranian side accounts for 10% of the world’s and 60% of Iran’s total gas reserves. Iran’s portion of the field contains an estimated 436 trillion cubic feet.

The Iranian South Pars field is the northern extension of Qatar’s giant North Field. The field is planned to be developed in around 30 phases, each of which will require an initial investment of around $1bn. The first phases have been in operation since 2002 and phase 8 is to be completed this year. Transocean paints have been selected for several phases. For instance, Transocean supplied all paints for platforms SPQ 1 and SPP 1 as well as bridges and flares for the first phases of the program. This $2bn development came on stream in 2002. It initially produced 13.5 million cubic feet of gas a day rising to 60 million cubic feet a day. The platforms were constructed by a consortium of Sadra-Samsung and are operated by Total.

Transozinc Epoxy Primer, Transpoxy Glascote, Transpoxy MIO Primer, Transurethane Finish were among the most consumed products during this project. Phases 6 through 8 constitute a single project and are divided into onshore and offshore sections. The contract for this $2.65bn scheme was awarded to Petropars as the general contractor and the Pars Oil and Gas Company as the client in July 2000.

The onshore section of the South Pars 6, 7 & 8 project consists of a huge refinery capable of refining 80 million cubic meters of sour gas, condensates, water and impurities into the products mentioned in the table describing the products. The refinery project was awarded in May 2002 through an EPC contract to the consortium of TIJD which include; TOYO of Japan, IDRO of Iran, JGC of Japan and Daelim of Korea. Here Transocean paints have been extensively used too. Each Transocean paint system was carefully selected for the operational conditions as well as for the expected operational temperatures. The table demonstrates examples of 2 paint systems selected for a specific condition as well as the total surface area to be protected. However, for insulated areas or areas operating at temperatures upto 150 °C, the systems shown will not be suitable. For such areas, Phenolic Epoxy Transpoxy Tankguard 4.61 was used. In total some 350.000 sq. m was protected with Transocean paints.

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