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)