The total number of crude oil barrels produced at Azar joint oilfield has crossed 10 million in nearly 14 months, and Iran is planning to bring its daily output to 60,000 b/d by March 2019.
Iran began crude oil production from the field in early 2017 at 15,000 b/d which doubled in about two months.
Behzad Mohammadi, the CEO of the Oil Industries Engineering and Construction (OIEC)—developer of the field—says the first train of the field's processing facilities are about to come on-stream by March 2019, adding production form the joint oilfield will reach 60,000 b/d by then.
Once the second train of the project comes online, crude oil output at the field reaches 65,000 b/d in the first phase development of the project.
130 kilometers of sour oil pipeline to Dehloran has already become operational, and 130 km of oil and gas pipelines to the Dehloran gas collection facilities are in their final stages of construction.
The construction of a sweet oil pipeline from Dehloran to Cheshmeh Khosh will be finalized at 70 kilometers by the end of spring this calendar year which began on March 21.
Currently 9 wells are being operating in the field producing 30,000 b/d which can rise to 33,000 b/d. moreover drilling operations for 5 more wells have summed up and wellhead equipment are to be installed on them. By September, drilling of three other wells will have come to an end, Mohammadi said.
He said development of the field will also require drilling of a wastewater well, too.
Azar oil field in the Anaran block is located between the cities of Mehran and Dehloran near the Zagros Mountains and along the border between Iran and Iraq (southwest of the western province of Ilam). The field produces over 30,000 barrels/day of oil.
OIEC is in intensive talks with Russia's Gazprom Neft for developing other oilfield in Anaran Bloc, the CEO said.