Saudi: Key Gas Start-Ups Increase Oil Field Flexibility

The Wasit gas processing plant has been completed and a key source of natural gas, the Hasbah field, commissioned. Progress in bringing new supplies of non-associated gas online will help the kingdom reduce its soaring crude burn levels and give it greater flexibility in managing its oil fields.

The achingly slow development of Saudi Arabia’s gas sector has accelerated with news that the 1.3bn cfd offshore Hasbah field has been commissioned, although there has yet to be confirmation that production has commenced.

State oil firm Aramco’s weekly newsletter Arabian Sun confirmed on 23 March “the successful commissioning of the Hasbah gas field, which along with Arabiyah will feed non-associated gas to Wasit Gas Plant.” The offshore Arabiyah field is to supply 1.2bn cfd to the Wasit facility, for a cumulative 2.5bn cfd of raw gas. High sulfur levels mean this equates to 1.7bn cfd of sales gas. (CONTINUED - 1303 WORDS)


chart Saudi Arabia Direct Crude Burn ('000 B/D)
table 1: Saudi Powergen Fuel Prices ($/Mn Btu)
table 2: Saudi Major Power Projects Pipeline