Exploration & Production

Saudi Arabia to start shale production by year-end

Saudi Arabia’s first shale gas will be produced in the northwest of the country, but its eastern region holds the most promise Saudi Arabia’s first shale gas will be produced in the northwest of the country, but its eastern region holds the most promise.
By Verity Ratcliffe 10 March 2017 0 24906
Aramco’s Ju’aymah gas plant. Saudi Arabia will need shale to double its gas supply. (Aramco)

Saudi Aramco plans to produce Saudi Arabia’s first shale gas in the northwest of the country by the end of 2017 to feed a power plant built as part of a phosphate mining complex. 

The Jalamid field will be the first shale gas project to start up in Saudi Arabia, but only 5.6 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d) will be sent to the Wa’ad Al-Shamal complex by 2018. Furthermore, Jalamid will provide only a fraction of Aramco’s targeted 113 MMcm/d unconventional gas output by 2026.

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