Saudi Aramco has brought online its second unconventional gas development, announcing first gas from the South Ghawar project on 14 November. The start of production at South Ghawar will amplify other recent gas gains in the kingdom, helping tackle stubbornly high levels of domestic oil burn for power generation and water desalination.

Aramco declined to comment on current output from South Ghawar, but states that “Commissioned facilities at South Ghawar have 300mn cfd of raw gas processing capacity and 38,000 b/d of condensate processing capacity.” The firm has plans to increase processing capacity to 750mn cfd “in the near future”, but it didn’t disclose the planned timeframe for this expansion work. (CONTINUED - 1472 WORDS)