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Statistical and Analytical Reports

Iran Gas Survey 2013

Published Date: December 2013
Status: Available (Hardcopy / Softcopy)

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According to the latest figures released by British Petroleum (BP), Iran sits on top in the world in terms of the volume of natural gas reserves - i.e. 33.6 tcm - it houses, while no more are yet discovered and announced, specifically in the north-east of Iran.

Considering this huge reserve of gas, not only does its exploration and development operation seem to cost lower than other gas reserves or shale gas in different regions of the world, it is also environmentally-wise more appropriate than shale gas, and hence, can be regarded as an appropriate investment opportunity for companies active in the oil and gas industry.

Over the past years, the circumstances in Iran under sanctions were such that international oil companies have been banned from making any investments in Iran; in addition, due to lack of financial resources and appropriate equipment, local companies have also been unable to discover and explore these resources.

Having started to work since August 2013, the new administration of Iran oil ministry is after applying various methods to attract local and foreign investors as well as major oil companies to get involved in Iran oil and gas projects.

Hence, the issue to change the formats of oil and gas upstream contracts, which has been placed on the oil ministry’s agenda, aims to motivate foreign investors. Among other programs, the new oil administration is looking forward to inviting major oil companies in order to activate oil diplomacy.

Exploration and development activities in Iran’s upstream gas would create investment opportunities in the gas downstream sector as well as petrochemical industries, preparing a very appropriate ground for the investment of local and foreign companies active in the oil and gas industry.

This survey attempts to give a literature overview of current developments in Iran gas reserves, its rich gas production, gas refineries and dehydration plants status, NGL and LNG plants, gas transfer pipelines, gas pressure booster stations, gas consumption and its breakdown as well as gas imports and exports.

In addition, it will give a clear picture of the gas and gas condensate upstream and downstream projects underway and the plans Iran has developed to expand its gas industry.

This survey will provide information on the investment opportunities in Iran gas industry and denotes both its positive and negative aspects as well as the relevant existing challenges.

Also, it draws on historical, current and future data for production and consumption as well as imports and exports of gas, gas condensate and gas products.

Note: Throughout this survey, ‘last year’ means Iranian year started on 20th of March 2012 and ended on 20th of March 2013.

Table of Contents:

1- Gas Statistics


1-1- Upstream Gas Statistics
1-1-1- Production of Rich Gas
1-1-1-1- Production of Rich Gas Last Year
1-1-1-2- Production of Rich Gas in Past 15 Years
1-1-2- Fresh Gas/Condensate Discoveries
1-1-3- Independent Gas Fields
1-1-3-1- Active Independent Gas Fields
1-1-3-1-1- Active Independent Onshore Gas Fields
1-1-3-1-2- Active Independent Offshore Gas Fields
1-1-3-2- Undeveloped and Underdeveloped Independent Gas Fields
1-1-3-2-1- Undeveloped/Underdeveloped Onshore Gas Fields
1-1-3-2-2- Undeveloped/Underdeveloped Offshore Gas Fields
1-1-4- Unconventional Gas Reservoirs
1-1-4-1- Gas Hydrate Reservoirs
1-1-4-2- Shale Gas

1-2- Downstream Gas Statistics
1-2-1- Gas Deliveries to Refineries and Dehydration Plants (Present and Past)
1-2-2- Gas Refining Capacity and Production (Present and Past)
1-2-3- Production of Gas By-products at Gas Refineries
1-2-3-1- LPG Production (Present and Past)
1-2-3-2- Sulfur Production (Present and Past)
1-2-3-3- Ethane Production (Present and Past)

1-3- Gas Liquids and Condensate Statistics
1-3-1- Gas Liquids and Condensate Reserves
1-3-2- Gas Liquids and Condensate Production (Present and Past)
1-3-3- Condensate Production at Gas Refineries (Present and Past)
1-3-4- Gas Liquids and Condensate Consumption
1-3-5- Gas Liquids and Condensate Exports

1-4- Gas Consumption/ Import & Export Statistics
1-4-1- Gas Consumption (Present and Past)
1-4-1-1- Gas Consumption by Petrochemical Complexes (Present & Past)
1-4-1-2- CNG Consumption (Present and Past)
1-4-2- Gas Import (Present and Past)
1-4-3- Gas Export (Present and Past)
1-4-4- Gas Injection into Oilfields (Present and Past)
1-4-5- Gas Pipelines and Pressure Booster Stations
1-4-6- Gas Transmission

1-5- Gas Figures by 2025
1-5-1- Production of Rich Gas
1-5-2- Production/ Export of Gas, Condensate & Gas Products
1-5-3- Needed Investment by 2025
1-5-3-1- Investment Needed for Upstream Gas
1-5-3-2- Investment Needed for Downstream Gas
1-5-4- Planned Petrochemical Fuel & Feed

2- Gas Projects

2-1- Upstream Gas Projects
2-1-1- Projects to Develop Independent Gas Fields
2-1-1-1- Projects to Develop Independent Onshore Gas Fields
2-1-1-2- Projects to Develop Independent Offshore Gas Fields

2-2- Downstream Gas Projects
2-2-1- Gas & Condensate Refining Projects
2-2-2- Gas Transmission Projects
2-2-3- Gas Booster Station Projects
2-2-4- Underground Gas Storage Projects
2-2-5- LNG Projects
2-2-6- Gas Gathering & NGL Projects

3- Investment Opportunities and Challenges

3-1- Investment Opportunities in Upstream Gas
3-1-1- Offshore Gas Fields
3-1-2- Onshore Gas Fields

3-2- Investment Opportunities in Downstream Gas
3-2-1- Gas Gathering and NGL Projects
3-2-2- Gas & Condensate Refining Projects
3-2-3- Gas Gathering and Booster Stations Projects
3-2-4- Privately Run Condensate Refining Projects
3-2-5- GTL Plants
3-2-6- LNG Plants
3-2-7- Associated Gas Projects
3-2-8- Underground Gas Storage Projects
3-2-8-1- Iran’s Potential Underground Gas Reservoirs Map

3-3- Strengths, Weak Points and Challenges
3-3-1- Potentials
3-3-2- Challenges
3-3-3- Weak Points

4- Managers & Developers of Gas Projects
4-1- Managers of Gas Projects
4-2- Developers Active in Gas Projects over Last Decade

5- Framework of Development Contracts
5-1- Framework of Contracts
5-2- Types of Contracts Comparison Table

6- Means to Secure Funds of Projects
6-1- Available Means to Secure Funds of Projects

7- Privatization of State Gas Companies
7-1- Privatization of State Gas Companies

8- Appendix
8-1- Existing Gas Refineries Yields
8-2- Existing NGL Plants
8-3- Gas Booster Stations
8-4- Condensate Specifications
8-4-1- South Pars Condensate Specifications
8-4-2- Sarkhoun Condensate Specifications
8-4-3- Parsian Condensate Specifications
8-4-4- Gavarzin Condensate Specifications
8-4-5- Kangan Condensate Specifications
8-4-6- Hashemi Nejad (Khangiran) Condensate Specifications

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