Tavakoli, CEO of Iran Gas Transmission Company (IGTC) told Iran Petroleum that
the company is administering 36,300 kilometers of pipeline fitted with more
than 81 gas compressor stations which incorporate 292 turbocompressors. He said
that thanks to such installations, 757 mcm/d of gas was distributed to 10
IGTC-run operating areas in the last Iranian calendar year which ended on March
20. He said last calendar year's gas transmission was 6% up from the year
before. Tavakoli said in the new Iranian year, gas transmission is expected to
reach 830 mcm/d.
total of 65 gas transmission turbocompressors are planned to be overhauled in
the current calendar year. Meanwhile, more than 250 kilometers of high-pressure
pipeline would be repaired and replaced; 28 kilometers would be reclassified
while 1,850 kilometers would undergo intelligent pig running.
segments of Iran Gas Trunkline 6 (IGAT6) and IGAT9, measuring 1,000 kilometers
long and used for gas exports, would be delivered to IGTC this calendar year.
said IGTC-run operating areas are divided into two groups, adding: "The
first group is located on the main path of gas transmission from south to north
and the second group includes areas which are not principal."
said that the gas compressor stations of IGTC are mainly located on the central
corridor. The ten main areas include Miankuh, Isfahan, Shahr-e Rey, Mashhad,
Tabriz, Bandar Abbas, Hamedan, Tabriz, Sari and Bushehr.
terms of pipeline extension, IGTC stands fourth in the world while it comes
first in Asia.
on Turbocompressor Repair
said IGTC's use of domestically manufactured equipment and national potential
would enhance gas transmission sustainability.
the capability of Iranian manufacturers, particularly in building and repairing
different models of turbocompressors, full dependence on foreign companies has
fallen significantly. Furthermore, most components of the hot section of
turbines have been manufactured domestically," he added.
on the IGTC outsourcing plan, the company's service workers and other Iranian
companies are repairing equipment. In collaboration with competent Iranian
companies, IGTC is engaged in reverse engineering of equipment whose domestic
manufacturing is not possible.
the first time last year, double-shaft turbines were deconstructed by IGTC
service workers without any foreign company present and all of its components
were manufactured domestically. Due to non-resort to foreign experts, huge
amount of money has been saved. Due to the possibility of manufacturing of
components of double-shaft turbines in Iran, Iranian manufacturers are now able
to produce such turbines. Economically speaking, the situation has improved for
the turbines when compared with the time when they were sent overseas for
to Tavakoli, after Ian's nuclear deal with six world powers went into effect
many foreign companies including German Siemens that even did not respond to
IGTC's requests started negotiations for renewed cooperation and opening of
agency in Iran.
owing to progress made by peer Iranian companies, foreign companies are faced
with a competitive market. Furthermore, the operation of national turbine in
Iran with the help of universities has reduced national dependence on
overseas," he said.
recent years, Iran's gas export infrastructure has developed seriously. A gas
export pipeline stretching from Naftshahr to Baghdad and Basra, gas export line
to Armenia and gas swap from Turkmenistan were focused upon. That is mainly due
to increased gas recovery from the South Pars gas field," said Tavakoli.
said application of modern methods of repairing gas installations was a field
for investment in Iran's gas transmission industry.
said that online repair of gas pipelines in Iran saved the country over IRR
1,500 billion thanks to preventing gas release into the air.
we can cooperate with foreign knowledge-based companies and benefit from their
investment in replacing cover, using mobile compressors for the transmission of
gas via pipelines, metering systems, preventing corrosion of valves, retrofitting
of pipes and mechanisms of gas pipeline monitoring," he added.
said that by 2025, Iran is expected to have 45,000 kilometers of pipeline, 60
production centers, and 130 stations, and transfer 400 bcm/y of gas.
in order to realize this objective, we need to install modern systems of gas
transmission. Iran has already identified brand companies with modern
technology and is ready to talk to them," he added.
said more than 226 bcm of gas had been transmitted in Iran during 11 months
last calendar year.
the current administration, 600 kilometers of pipeline is to be installed under
said Iran has the potential to operate, maintain and repair its pipelines and
gas compressor stations following new methods. He added that foreign companies
can now count on Iranian companies for hardware if they form partnership for
investment in Iran.
said that negotiations had been held for future cooperation with a number of
European and Russian companies whose performance is similar to Iran's gas
held with some foreign companies are expected to reach the stage of agreement
signing this year.
Courtesy of Iran Petroleum