Iranian President Hassan Rouhani officially launched the Persian Gulf Bidboland Gas Refinery Project, as the largest associated petroleum gas (APG) collection and processing facility in Iran with a daily processing capacity of more than 56 million cubic meters and an investment of $3.4 billion.
The Persian Gulf Bidboland Gas Refinery Project, as one of the largest gas refineries in the Middle East, aims to collect associated petroleum gas in the provinces of Khuzestan, Bushehr, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad in order to reduce environmental pollution and produce valuable items.
It was officially launched on Thursday, February 1, by order of Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, via video conference, in the presence of Bijan Zanganeh, Iranian Minister of Petroleum.
The megaproject was financed with an investment of $3.4 billion as one of the projects of the second leap of the petrochemical industry, will receive 13.5 million tons of sour gas from NGL 900 and 1000 and 2.25 million tons of sweet gas from NGL 1200 and 1300 plants annually.
The plant’s daily processing capacity is over 56 million cubic meters of APG as much as the output of two phases of South Pars. If the complex operates at full capacity, it will generate $1.5 billion a year for the country.
This super project was approved by the Economic Council in 2003.
Annually 10.4 million tons of methane, 1.5 million tons of ethane, 1 million tons of propane, 0.5 million tons of butane, 0.6 million tons of gas condensate, 0.9 million tons of acid gas will be produced at Persian Gulf Bidboland Gas Refinery. The methane produced by this refinery will be injected into the national gas network and ethane will be the feedstock of Gachsaran Petrochemical Plant.
65% of the total investment in this project is the share of domestic construction and 63 million accident-free man/hours have been registered in the project’s construction.
The project created 15,000 jobs during its construction. During operation it creates jobs for 1,000 people.
The wastewater of the Bidboland refinery in the Persian Gulf is zero and not a drop of effluent leaves the site thanks to installation of a new ZDL (zero discharge liquid) recovery system in the facility.
Back in 2018, a $1.2-billion contract for the development of an APG collection project in East Karun was signed between the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC) and the National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC).
Iran Gas Flaring Zero by March 2023: Zangeneh
Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says the country would no longer flare associated petroleum gases by March 2023.
Addressing ceremony to launch Persian Gulf Bidboland Gas Refinery on Thursday, Mr. Zangeneh said the country would generate $1.5 billion/year by the project.
This is the 11th petrochemical project which has come online in Iran since last March.
Plans were under way to launch 17 petrochemical projects with 11.4 billion dollars of investment in the country during the current Iranian calendar year which began on March 21 of which 11 have so far come on stream.
Once fully operational, the 17 projects will add 25 million tons to the country’s annual production capacity.
He said the first Bidboland gas refinery is the source of Iran's gas industry. “With the commissioning of this refinery and the daily refining capacity of about 25 million cubic meters and the operation of the first national pipeline in 1971, the gas industry in Iran was formed and born.”
The Minister of Petroleum stated that by March 2023, no gas will flared in Iran and more than 95% of the collected associated gases will be consumed.
Zangeneh announced that the 3200 NGL project would come online next calendar year and by exploiting it, all the gases of the West Karun region will be sent to Bandar Imam after collection and processing.
He added that NGL 3100 plant would come online the following year along with a petrochemical plant with 1 million tons of annual production capacity in Dehloran.
Noting that the Persian Gulf Bidboland refinery has the capacity to produce 3.5 million tons of ethane, butane, propane and pentane plus, he said, adding the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC) has been entrusted with another project to collect associated gases with $1.1b of investment.