Aramco highlights upstream achievements in its Annual Review
Oil giant produced an average of 10.2mn barrels per day of crude oil including condensate.
Saudi Aramco has released its 2017 Annual Review highlighting its strategic achievements.
Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser said: “In 2017, Saudi Aramco continued to deliver on its long-term strategy of reliable supply to meet customer needs, thereby driving economic growth in the kingdom and around the world. Despite uncertain, volatile market conditions, we continued to create long-term value to benefit our shareholders, customers and partners. This year’s review underscores how Saudi Aramco is committed to playing its part in meeting the world’s energy needs today and tomorrow by continuing to invest wisely throughout the cycle and across the value chain.”
Amin Nasser noted that in 2017, Saudi Aramco progressed a slate of oil and gas mega-projects in the upstream sector. He also highlighted that in the downstream sector, the company continued to enhance its global network and completed key agreements designed to extract maximum value across the hydrocarbon value chain. Importantly, he said Saudi Aramco’s safety performance remained strong and among the highest in the industry.
In 2017, Saudi Aramco reinforced its premier upstream oil and gas position, optimising its stewardship of the kingdom’s hydrocarbon resources. Designed to maximise long-term value, the company’s upstream strategy focuses on leveraging competitive advantages in production scale.
The company announced it will “temper” production from mature fields, accelerating younger fields and secondary reservoirs, and developing fresh reserves from new increments, while diversifying operations to capture value from strategic integration and expand natural gas activities.
The company produced an average of 10.2mn barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil, including condensate. Total raw gas processing averaged 12.4nb standard cubic feet per day (scfd). The company discovered two new oil fields (Sakab southeast of Haradh and Zumul in the Rub’ al-Khali) and a gas reservoir (Jauf, in the Sahba field), and continued its programme to increase the capacity of the Khurais field by 300,000 bpd in 2018.
The company continued its efforts to increase domestic gas supplies, providing additional feedstock to drive industrial utilities expansion and improve national energy efficiency, while making more crude oil available for export. Major project achievements included readying the Midyan non-associated gas field to produce 75mn scfd of natural gas and 4,500 bpd of condensate, displacing liquid fuels for use in power generation, and progress on the Fadhili Gas Plant designed to process up to 2.5bn scfd of raw gas, a component in raising the company’s overall gas processing capacity.
Additional programmes to expand capacity included the Hawiyah Gas Plant’s new processing facilities, which are expected to come on-stream in 2021, and add more than 1.1bn scfd of processing capacity for a total of approximately 3.6bn scfd. The company started engineering, procurement and construction of a natural gas liquids deep recovery train at the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant that will recover ethane and other natural gas liquids from natural gas produced from the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant and the Hawiyah Gas Plant expansion.