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Two New Natural Gas Fields Discovered in Saudi Arabia

The gas fields were discovered in the Eastern Province and the Empty Quarter by Saudi national oil company Saudi Aramco.

Hesham Badr

Two New Natural Gas Fields Discovered in Saudi Arabia

Two gas fields in the Eastern Province and the Empty Quarter were discovered by Saudi Arabia's national oil company, Saudi Aramco.

The first gas field, located in the Al-Hiran-1 well, revealed the presence of the Hanifa reservoir. Initial tests demonstrated a gas flow rate of 30 million standard cubic feet per day, accompanied by 1,600 barrels of condensate. The second discovery occurred at the Al-Mahakek-2 well, where natural gas flowed at a rate of 0.85 million standard cubic feet per day.

Natural gas reservoirs were also detected in five other previously discovered fields. The Jalla reservoir in the Assekra field exhibited a gas flow rate of 46 million standard cubic feet per day. Similarly, the Unaizah-A reservoir in the Shadoun field witnessed a flow of 15.5 million standard cubic feet per day, while the Mazalij field in the Unaizah B/C reservoir in southwest Dhahran yielded a rate of a million standard cubic feet per day. The Al-Sara and Al-Wadihi fields also showcased gas flows of 11.7 million and 5.1 million standard cubic feet per day, respectively.

These discoveries support Saudi Aramco's strategic plan to increase gas production by more than 50% from 2021.

Earlier this month, Saudi Aramco commenced the production of unconventional tight gas from its South Ghawar operational area, delivering results two months ahead of schedule. Unconventional tight gas, commonly known as shale gas, requires specialized techniques like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for extraction. The South Ghawar facilities currently possess a processing capacity of 300 million standard cubic feet per day for raw gas and 38,000 barrels per day for condensate.

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