Middle East & Africa: Consumption

January 2017

Saudi Arabia’s growing gas-to-power demand will continue to reduce the kingdom’s requirements for direct crude burn.

The power sector is the biggest consumer of gas in Saudi Arabia and accounted for more than 55% of the country’s total gas demand in 2015. The kingdom is focusing on developing its non-associated gas acreage to further boost the use of the fuel. Three key non-associated gas projects – Wasit, Fadhili and Midyan – are expected to add around 140 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d) of additional raw gas capacity by 2020 – equivalent to 100 MMcm/d of dry gas. The Wasit project is already online, while the other two are under development.