TEHRAN (Shana) -- After oil was discovered from the first well drilled in Masjed Soleiman (MIS), this area located in southern Iran turned into a city. MIS owed its future to oil. It became a very important area soon. The discovery of oil in MIS was the start of formation of a new identity in southern Iran. Iran became an oil-rich nation.
Iran currently sits atop the world’s largest hydrocarbon reserves.
Qobad Nasseri, CEO of Masjed Soleiman Oil and Gas Production Company (MISOGPC), told "Iran Petroleum" the company was established in 2008 in order to handle more advanced drilling for the purpose of further recovery from MIS.
MISOGPC covers fields in the three provinces of Ilam, Khuzestan and Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiari. It runs 11 production units, four gas compressor and injector stations and four desalting plants.
No Environmental Pollution
Due to the age of MISOGPC wells, environmental concerns are prioritized. Nasseri said: “While production is highly significant for us, we have made every effort to conduct this job without causing any environmental pollution.”
He said MISOGPC was named as the top company in terms of production and compliance with HSE in 2017 and 2018. That is a big success for us.
Desalting Unit Close to Operation
Nasseri referred to measures taken by MISOGPC to stop production fall, saying: “Whereas most installations and pipelines of this company are old, citing redefinition of needs by National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC), we moved to establish new installations, lay pipes and drill new wells.”
He said that desalting projects were also implemented in order to improve the quality of oil produced in MISOGPC-run areas.
Nasseri said that the Qale Naar desalting unit was about to come online, adding that the Haft Shahidan, Lab Sefid and Haftkal desalting units had come onstream in the past seven years. Implementation of these projects has helped enhance recovery in this area and subsequently led to production hike.
He said that despite tough US sanctions against Iran, MISOGPC’s production capacity had increased thanks to the establishment of new desalting units and new drillings.
“Our production at this company has reached its ceiling. We have also managed to sustain production,” he added.
Nasseri said MISOGPC went beyond its commitments, set by National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), by 3% in 2018. That was due to new drillings and desalting units.
He said that gas injection projects were being implemented in MIS, adding: “The Haftkal and Qale Nar projects have had over 90% progress. We hope to bring these projects into operation in the second half of the current calendar year.”
Nasseri touched on overhaul being done in Lab Sefid since last March, adding that the overhaul would be over in July.
“After that, operations will start for the overhaul of the Haft Shahidan operation and desalting unit,” he said.
He referred to MISOGPC output fall due to the start of overhaul, saying: “As soon as overhaul was over, oil production level at MISOGPC will be back to normal.”
He said that oil production was continuing at MIS.
Oil Recovery Possible for 5 Decades
Nasseri said fall in the wells’ production was natural “but in recent years we have managed to strike a balance between the wells whose production has fallen and the newly operational wells by drilling new wells.”
He added: “Therefore, the number of new wells entering into operation is higher than the number of wells stopping production.”
Oil was discovered in MIS 111 years ago. Nasseri said oil could be still recovered for over 50 years “given numerous unknown reservoirs”.
He added: “Over the past three years, a new reservoir was discovered in the Haft Shahidan area through 3D seismic testing. That is highly potential.”
Nasseri said in addition to new drilling in recent years, implementation of gas injection projects has been instrumental in enhanced recovery from MISOGPC-run fields.
Output Capacity Up 20%
Nasseri said five MISOGPC-run reservoirs – Lali Asmari, Lali Bangestan, Kaboud, Balaroud and Zilaei – are listed among the 28 NISOC-administered reservoirs ready for development.
He added: “Contractors have been chosen for two reservoirs and they are equipping the yard. They are to develop the Kaboud and Lali Asmari reservoirs. They are about to start their activities. We expect MISOGPC oil production capacity to increase 20% within two and a half years.”
Nasseri touched on the tough sanctions imposed on Iran’s petroleum industry, saying: “Hopefully with capacity building in the past years in the petroleum industry, more than 70% of commodities needed by the petroleum industry are manufactured domestically.”
He said that “we can carry out oil exploration and production without any need for foreign companies.”
Nasseri acknowledged that US sanctions had made it difficult for Iran’s petroleum industry to import technology and attract investment. But he referred to widespread plans formulated for preventing crude oil sales and increasing production of petroleum and petrochemical products.
He said: “Despite all restrictions we still welcome foreign investment in the petroleum industry. We are ready to cooperate with foreign companies for establishing production and desalting plants and carry out enhanced recovery projects.”
He said that foreign companies could invest in Iran’s petroleum industry “in full security”.
Nasseri made it clear that the return of investment would be certain owing to Iran’s advantages in specialized manpower, access to high seas and qualified domestic manufacturing.
Courtesy of Iran Petroleum