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Iran, South Korea to cooperate on developing mini-LNG containers


Iran, South Korea to cooperate on developing mini-LNG containers

Iran and South Korea signed a contract to cooperate on developing mini-LNG ISO Containers in the coming four years, said the director of research and technology (R&T) at National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC).



Saeed Pakseresht noted that having special and compact design, mini-LNG ISO Containers can be used easily in many places.
Based on the deal, a South Korean consortium, managed by Oceanus will cooperate with KITECH, DongHwa Entec, Sung-IL Encare, Gs E&C, KoGas Tech and KGS.
The Iranian side also formed a consortium headed by NIGC to develop mini-LNG plant according to the contract.
ISO containers are capable of storing LNG in a cryogenic state for up to 75 days, providing enough time for the cargo to reach its destinations and to serve as a viable means of storage.
Iran, despite having the world's biggest natural gas reserves, does not have LNG export facilities, so shipping its gas to South Korea would require vast investment and requires investment to develop.
Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS) — the world's No.2 LNG buyer — is a main importer of Iranian LNG.
Iran is moving forward quickly in developing its oil and gas resources. South Korean state-owned energy giant KoGas secured an MoU with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in May 2016 to work on the Balal gas field in the Persian Gulf.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by NIOC Managing Director Hamidreza Araqi and the President of KoGas, Seung-Hoon Lee.
Following technical studies in the Balal field — one of Iran's key gas fields in the Persian Gulf — Kogas presented its proposals for the field's development to the NIOC. The proposals, Araqi explained, will also consider LNG production.
The deal was signed during a three-day state visit by former South Korean president Park Geun-hye to Tehran, during which the two countries also signed 19 cooperation agreements.