Today in Iran, asset integrity management is also in high demand by clients such as IOEC and POGC. In addition, refurbishment is needed for old oil and gas facilities.

Hamid FAZAELI Managing Director NILSUN KISH COMPANY

Speed at South Pars

January 23, 2018

Hamid Fazaeli, managing director of Nilsun Kish Company, talks to TOGY about how he sees the market for pre-commissioning and commissioning evolving in the near future and the company’s objectives in entering new areas. Nilsun Kish is a subsidiary of Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) that provides pre-commissioning, commissioning, hook-ups and all completion services.

Nilsun Kish Company was established for pre-commissioning, commissioning, hook-ups and all completion activities for IOEC projects up to the delivery of the project to the main client. As of end-2017, the company had completed more than 10 platforms: three of South Pars phase 12, two of phases 17 and 18, three of phase 19 and two from phases 20 and 21.

On areas of demand in Iran: “Most of the ongoing projects are nearing their end and will need operation and maintenance services. Today in Iran, asset integrity management is also in high demand by clients such as IOEC and POGC [Pars Oil and Gas Company]. In addition, refurbishment is needed for old oil and gas facilities. Many gas projects are likely to be started in the future. In South Pars, all phases need compression platforms. These platforms are huge, more than 5,000 tonnes each.”

On Total’s South Pars project: “For South Pars phase 11, undertaken by Total, IOEC nominated us for the pre-commissioning, commissioning and startup of the platform. This will be a great start for us for engaging in international markets.”

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What is the company’s main objective?
The aim of IOEC in establishing Nilsun Kish was to enter new markets. IOEC is a big company and cannot enter small projects, but Nilsun Kish can enter small projects for maintenance and operations, for onshore projects as well as subsea pipeline projects.
However, our main objective is to reduce the completion time of IOEC’s projects. We are also capable of finishing a platform commissioning and startup with the lowest price possible for Iranian projects.
About three years ago, the completion and startup of one platform was done within six months after load-out from the fabrication yard, but in light of difficulties in offshore works was delayed up to a year. Then, with a second platform, we reduced this period to four months, and on the third platform we did it in three months.
In South Pars phase 19, we finished platform 19B hook-ups, pre-commissioning, commissioning and startup in 28 days. This was a record in Iran.
In 2017, we worked on five platforms simultaneously in the offshore. We managed all logistics, personnel, equipment and so on for these five platforms. It was a huge and difficult job to manage all of them simultaneously: to do the hook ups, pre-commissioning, commissioning, startup, operation and maintenance and punch clearance. This involved three platforms of phase 19, and two others of phases 20 and 21.
Now we have developed our domain of activities and entered subsea pipeline commissioning. We started with South Pars phases 13 and 14 pre-commissioning activities of their subsea pipeline, export and infill pipeline.

How has the company developed during the Bahregansar oilfield project?
That project was IOEC’s second. It included more than 10 platforms, covering production, living quarters, manifold and wellhead platforms. It’s a very complex project. There is also an onshore refinery with a capacity of 60,000 bpd production. Our team did pre-commissioning, commissioning and startup of the offshore facilities and onshore refinery, along with maintenance and repairs of some major equipment.
Ten years ago, the construction of the Bahregansar project finished and our team started its commissioning and pre-commissioning. It was like an on-the-job training course for us to learn this field of work, pre-commissioning and commissioning. In South Pars phases 9 and 10, our team developed and matured. In phases 12, 17 and 18, it reached new heights that allowed us to achieve records in phases 19 and 20.

Where do you see the most work coming from in the near future?
Most of the ongoing projects are nearing their end and will need operation and maintenance services. Today in Iran, asset integrity management is also in high demand by clients such as IOEC and POGC [Pars Oil and Gas Company]. In addition, refurbishment is needed for old oil and gas facilities.
Many gas projects are likely to be started in the future. In South Pars, all phases need compression platforms. These platforms are huge, more than 5,000 tonnes each.
I believe the future oil and gas market in Iran will be very good, but finance is needed for starting these projects.

What are your future objectives?
Nilsun Kish’s strategy is to develop its domain of activities, in oil and gas and petrochemicals for pre-commissioning, commissioning and operation and maintenance projects, including work on pipelines and platforms.
We are communicating with some quality, well-known vendors that procure major items for petrochemical plants and oil and gas refineries. Some of them are near signing MoUs for procurement, maintenance, installation and all services after installation, and we are negotiating to participate in these.
We are also ready to sign more MoUs or partnerships with well-known foreign companies to work internationally. Last year, we signed contracts with European and Korean companies. We are ready to co-operate with foreign companies for future projects in Iran and the region.
If the IPC [Iran Petroleum Contract] projects start and the foreign investor needs an Iranian company to join, we are ready. Also for South Pars phase 11, undertaken by Total, IOEC nominated us for the pre-commissioning, commissioning and startup of the platform. This will be a great start for us for engaging in international markets.

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