Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has struck natural gas at two fields in the Empty Quarter, underscoring the Kingdom’s commitment to diversifying its energy portfolio amid a global shift towards cleaner fuels.
According to a statement from the Saudi Energy Ministry, the discoveries include natural gas in five reservoirs within previously identified fields.
At the Al-Hiran field, the gas flowed at an impressive rate of 30 million cubic feet per day, while at the Al-Mahakik field, the daily gas flow measured at 0.85 million cubic feet.
Additionally, Arab News reported that at one of the newly discovered gas fields within existing production sites, the gas flow reached an impressive 46 million cubic feet daily.
These findings are crucial to achieving Saudi Arabia’s ambitious goal of increasing natural gas production by over 50% from 2021 levels by 2030.
The discoveries are anticipated to play a pivotal role in meeting domestic demand for natural gas, signalling a strategic move by the Kingdom to embrace natural gas amid a changing global energy landscape.
Traditionally focused on its abundant oil reserves, Saudi Arabia has been slow to explore and exploit its natural gas potential.
However, with a surge in demand for cleaner energy options and a global energy transition underway, Riyadh has adapted its strategy.
Earlier this year, the Kingdom made its first foray into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, demonstrating a willingness to diversify its energy assets.
To bolster its LNG presence, Saudi Aramco, the national oil company, announced a $500-million deal to acquire a strategic minority stake in MidOcean Energy, a unit of EIG.
MidOcean Energy is pursuing LNG acquisitions, including stakes in four Australian LNG projects. This strategic move aligns with Aramco’s broader strategy of building a diversified global portfolio to meet evolving energy demands.
On the domestic front, Aramco recently commenced commercial natural gas production at the South Ghawar field, tapping into shale formations.
The project boasts a substantial gas processing capacity of 300 million cubic feet daily, further emphasizing Saudi Arabia’s commitment to expanding its natural gas capabilities.
As the Kingdom accelerates efforts to harness its natural gas potential, these discoveries mark a turning point in Saudi Arabia’s energy landscape.
The newfound commitment to natural gas aligns with global trends, reflecting a proactive approach to ensure energy security and sustainability in the face of a rapidly evolving energy market.
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