‘Iran’s giant oil discovery brings little benefit under US sanctions’

32538491420 e8131ef27a cFollowing the recent announcement of new giant oil discovery in Iran, with estimates of 53bn bbl in place, GlobalData analyst said the discovery will bring little benefits under the US sanctions

Will Scargill, managing analyst, Oil and Gas at GlobalData, a data and analytics company, offers his view on the effect this will have on the country’s oil sector:

“Limits on investment and exports due to sanctions mean that the exploration successes at the Namavaran field can’t translate into material benefit. Iran already has a large number of projects holding billions of barrels of resources that it cannot fully realize, and this just adds to that list.

“The headline figure of 53bn barrels also masks a more modest reality. The government has stated that 22bn of this is newly discovered and due to the challenging nature of the reservoir, only 10 per cent of the total resources are thought to be recoverable.

“The government will reportedly look to develop the field alongside others that lie above the newly identified reservoir. However, this would likely come at the expense of production from other fields and only reach a small portion of the field’s capacity.”

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