The director of engineering and construction at the National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC), Ebrahim Piramoun, announced that the implementation of the company’s desalination plant reached more than 90% and is expected to start operation in the current Iranian calendar year ends on March 2022, according to Tehran Times.

He elaborated that this project involves a desalination unit with a capacity of 20,000 barrels per day (b/d) and sweetening of 42,000 b/d of crude oil. The plant will desalinate the oil produced form Ghale Nar field near Andimeshk city, Khuzestan Province.

“The civil and construction works of the project have been fully implemented and all pressure and atmospheric tanks, pipelines inside the factory, and connection lines have been completed,” Piramoun stated.

He added that despite the US sanctions on Tehran, all the necessary equipment for the plant including process pumps, control valves, welding package, diesel generators, power transformers, heat exchanger, desalination package, skimmer tank, and tow tower have been provided and installed.

“Other required equipment, including the remaining part of the pipes and instrumentation equipment, control system, and air conditioners, have been purchased and are ready to be transported to the project site. Equipment such as fire pumps and wastewater treatment packages are also under construction,” Piramoun said.