0634 GMT December 17, 2018
Loading of the indigenous platform, weighing 2,200 tons, had begun in the southern port city of Bushehr about 45 days ago, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Phase 13 includes a total of four offshore platforms with advanced gas-extracting structures capable of transferring gas from 38 offshore wells to onshore refineries on the Kangan coast via two 32-inch gas transmission pipelines extending for 90 kilometers.
The main platform that was put in place on Wednesday morning is expected to transfer 500 million cubic feet of gas every day after coming on stream next month.
In April 2017, President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated phases 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 of the South Pars Gas Field.
The energy-rich zone, located in the Persian Gulf, straddles the maritime border of Iran and Qatar. It covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers, of which 3,700 square kilometers lie in Iran's territorial waters.
It is estimated that the Iranian section of the field contains 14 trillion cubic meters of gas and 18 billion barrels of condensates in place.