The French Connection: Increasing Threats to the Development of Iran LNG’s Industry

Energy Daily recently reported on the impact that potential new European and U.N. sanctions may have upon Iran’s efforts to develop its liquefied natural gas potential in the massive South Pars fields, noting in particular that “…France’s recent turn to harsher rhetoric toward Tehran may signal a tipping point in Iran’s oil and gas exploration and modernization.”

The power of the French connection is not mere exaggeration for the sake of press: Total, as the article notes, has long been invested in Iran’s massive South Pars natural gas field, which is estimated to contain between 280 trillion cubic feet and 500 tcf of gas. In 2006, Total took out about 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day from two sections of the South Pars field it has developed since 2004. Total has also been seeking to develop another section, Block 11, of the South Pars field in order to feed a liquid natural gas processing plant it hopes to build in Iran, which would eventually process 15 million tons a year of natural gas.

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