Saudi Aramco eyes massive shale gas field

By Luke Geiver | February 27, 2020

Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabia-owned oil and gas production conglomerate that issued a $25.6 billion initial public offering earlier this year, is now pursuing shale gas. After working with energy service firms Halliburton, Schlumberger and others to find a feasible approach to unconventional oil and gas development near the eastern portion of its country, Saudi Aramco will soon begin horiztonal drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations in the Jafurah gas field.

Leaders from Saudi Aramco and Saudi Arabia have said seawater—after a light treatment—will be used for the fracking process. And, sand from the region will be suitable for the fracturing elements as well.

The Jafurah field is the largest shale gas field in the country, spanning 105 miles long by 62 miles wide.

According to Saudi Aramco, The volume of gas resources in the field is estimated at 200 trillion cubic feet of rich raw gas, which will provide a valuable feedstock for the petrochemical industries, potentially providing natural gas as a power plant feedstock.

The company expects the field’s production, to commence early 2024, to reach approximately 2.2 billion standard cubic feet per day of sales gas by 2036, with an associated approximately 425 million standard cubic feet per day of ethane, representing about 40 percent of current production. The company also expects the field to produce approximately 550 thousand barrels per day of gas liquids and condensates.