Leading Oil & Gas specialist Rystad Energy has highlighted that metallurgical issues could impact Gazprom’s plans to support Iran’s offshore gas field development plans. Rystad Energy said “Both countries remain under sanctions from Europe and Japan, with European and Japanese oil country tubular goods and steel manufacturers unable to make shipments to either country. Rystad does not believe that Russia’s steel industry is capable of manufacturing corrosion-resistant alloy and Super 13Cr OCTG grades, which would entail supplying high-grade steel billets to Russian pipe manufacturers.In the Persian Gulf, Iran’s South Pars Field is the world’s largest offshore gas source but contains highly sour gas. The corrosive qualities of the gas mean that all wells drilled on the field require very high grades of nickel alloy OCTG tubing such as Alloy 28. Another major Iranian gas field is Kish, where the onshore portion under development has been using Super 13Cr tubing grades sent from China. However, some of the 13Cr initially exported to Iran has experienced leakage issues and may have to be upgraded.Gazprom has signed a memorandum of understanding last month with National Iranian Oil Co on supporting development of both North Pars and Kish, in addition to providing pressure enhancements to South Pars. The drilling programs planned for the North Pars and Kish offshore fields are said to be extensive, with the NIOC subsidiary now responsible for North Pars recently working on plans for a redevelopment of the field involving four platforms and 32 wells.Rystad Energy is an independent energy research and business intelligence company providing data, tools, analytics and consultancy services to the global energy industry.