The document was signed in Tehran in a ceremony that
was held with Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh, NISOC CEO Bijan
Alipour, British Ambassador to Tehran Robert Macaire, and Colin Rowley, Pergas
managing director, in attendance.
Addressing the ceremony, Mr. Zangeneh underlined the
difficulties of working on the project given the nature of Keranj oilfield and
it being a brownfield.
“We hope that the governments of the UK and other
European companies that sign a deal with Iran endorse the agreements,” he said.
Stressing that Iran could not be removed from the energy market, the official advised neighboring countries not to relish Iran’s current status; “The present circumstances will pass by and we will emerge winner.”
“We are a peace-seeking administration and nation
and honor our contracts,” he added.
Zangeneh also added: “We will make every effort
to maintain our production capacity and continue our exports.”
Provided that the HOA leads to signature of a
contract, its implementation would bring the field’s daily crude oil production
capacity to 200,000 barrels per day and a total of 655 million barrels of the
item over a 10-year period.
An estimated investment of 167 million dollars
directly and $187m indirectly have been envisaged for developing the brownfield.
The investment will be used for construction of gas
compressors for injection of 800 million cubic feet per day of gas,
construction of gas collection and transportation facilities with the capacity of
280 million cubic feet per day, construction of a desalination plant with a
capacity of 110,000 barrels per day, drilling 35 wells in Asmari and Pabdeh reservoirs
(including vertical and horizontal production wells, and gas and wastewater
injection), drilling 2 appraisal wells, and workover of 15 wells.
Located 110 kilometers off southeastern Ahvaz,
the southwestern province of Khuzestan, and discovered in 1962, the field is
estimated to hold 11 billion barrels of in-place oil, and is currently
supplying 120,000 b/d of the item.
The UK’s PERGAS (active in the field of
engineering and management of investment in the oil industry), Norway’s AGR (active
in engineering drilling and design), SPEC Middle East (active in the
construction of utility complexes), Oilserv Middle East (active in upstream
operations), the UK’s LOOBY (active in the production of surface equipment),
the Philippines National Oil Company (PNOC), the UK’s Standard Handson (active
in financings and investment) and Iran’s Sharif University of Technology, are members