A Glance at the NIGC Production and Processing Facilities in Line with Achieving a Premium Rank in the Global Trade Balance
Natural Gas Processing
With respect to the natural gas share in the fossil energy mix and the 50 years of valuable experience in the gas industry activities in terms of hardware and software, the NIGC has a high potential and is considered to be among the major gas companies in Iran and the Middle East. As much as consumption rate has gone up, and based on the horizons developed in the development outlook document, natural gas production, processing and dehydration capacity has had a growing trend to meet the new requirements. Without operating its development projects, the NIGC is capable of processing about 770 MCM per day of gas. As mentioned earlier, at present, the NIGC is responsible for the management and operation of seven independent and private processing companies. According to the estimations, by 2020, the number of gas processing companies is supposed to increase through carrying out development projects. Predictions indicate that in case all the gas processing development projects are materialized, by the end of 2025, the total processing capacity of the NIGC will amount to over 1200 MCM per day.
Natural Gas transmission
Natural gas transmission from production origins and processing plants to various consumption points in various sectors of gas industry is of high sensitivity and importance. The total length of high-pressure gas transfer pipelines in Iran is around 37 thousand km. The pipeline's transfer capacity is estimated to be 600MCM per day based on the decisions adopted in the framework of the twenty-year outlook document, the length of pipeline from 37 thousand km should reach 70 thousand km. Hence, the Iranian Gas Transmission Company as one of the subsidiaries of the NIGC benefits from all vast executive- logistic facilities and various machinery to implement general projects in the realm of engineering, fundamental and detailed designing gas especially in relation with designing gas transfer pipelines, supply and distribution networks, pressure reduction stations all over the country while observing international standards.
Iranian Gas Transmission Company, which enjoys 78 active gas pressure-boosting stations, has taken measures to boost gas transmission capacity to meet the requirements of both domestic and export sectors through planning for construction of new stations. In case the above- mentioned projects 36,200 km of pipeline by 2025 are materialized, our pipelines will benefit from 140 active stations. The status of Iran's strategic gas reserves in south coast of Iran and the existence of common gigantic South Pars gas field shared with Qatar has made the Pars Special Energy Zone so important.
Iran's share from gas reserves in South Pars is estimated to stand at around 14.2 TCM (around 8 percent of the world's total gas reserves and 50 percent of Iran's gas reserves). Taking into consideration all the above - mentioned points, the Pars Special Energy Zone's position and role in development of the economy of the country is undeniable.