Iran installs super-size drilling rig at South Pars gas field
Tehran (KNA) - Iran has finished installing a super-size drilling rig at South Pars gas field, the largest in the world which the country shares with Qatar.
Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh announced on Saturday that the 2,400-ton platform, dubbed SPD-14B, had been mounted earlier in the day by Iranian crew and experts in Persian Gulf waters off the southern Iranian coast.
Zanganeh said the installation would accelerate the end of development and expansion operations at the offshore section of the phase 14 of South Pars gas field.
The rig is one of the two main platforms and a third of a total of four rigs planned for the entire phase 14, a project which is expected to increase Iran’s daily gas output by two billion cubic feet (over 56 million cubic meters) per day.
The installation of the giant structure finished just a month after it was loaded onto a ship in the port city of Bandar Abbas.