Gas processing

Growing supplies of cleaner burning natural gas helps reduce domestic reliance on liquid fuels for power generation, enabling increased liquids exports, and provides feedstock to petrochemical industries, spurring regional development, job creation and demand.

More than 40% of our nonassociated gas now comes from offshore fields such as Hasbah, which feeds our new Wasit Gas Plant. In 2016, we reached an all-time high for raw gas processing, helping reduce the Kingdom’s reliance on liquid fuels for power generation, freeing up more oil for export and for value-added products.

The world’s most reliable producer

We have doubled the original oil production capacity of our Shaybah facility, raising it to 1 million bpd, to help ensure we remain the world’s most reliable producer of petroleum energy. Working at Shaybah, deep in the Rub’ al-Khali, demands a relentless focus on safety and teamwork.

Shaybah 

In 2016 we started up a second NGL processing train at Shaybah. The (NGL) recovery plant was commissioned and started NGL production in December 2015. The plant will help us meet increasing demand for petrochemical feedstock by recovering valuable NGL from produced gas.

Designed to process as much as 2.4 billion scfd of associated gas and recover 275,000 bpd of ethane plus NGL, the Shaybah facility will feed these new volumes of NGL via pipeline to Ju’aymah for further processing before being delivered as petrochemical feedstock to industrial cities. 

Reliable power generation

Wasit, our most recent gas plant to come onstream, enabled us to reach an all-time high for raw gas processing and will help reduce the Kingdom’s reliance on liquid fuels for power generation, freeing up more oil for export and for value-added products.

Wasit Gas Plant

Our Wasit Gas Plant, located north of Jubail Industrial City, reached its full operational feed capacity of 2.5 billion scfd of nonassociated gas and supply 1.7 billion scfd of sales gas to the Master Gas System, fueling electrical power and seawater desalination plants and supplying feedstock for the petrochemical industry.

To feed Wasit, we brought gas production onstream from the big bore nonassociated gas wells in our offshore Arabiyah and Hasbah fields, situated approximately 150 km northeast of Jubail Industrial City in the Arabian Gulf. The Hasbah field features some of the world’s most prolific gas production platforms. With the startup of production from these two fields, more than 40% of our nonassociated gas now comes from offshore fields.

Our continued success in increasing supplies of cleaner burning natural gas makes it possible for us to reduce emissions, enable new industries and release more crude oil for value-added refining or export.

Wasit’s design reflects our plan to become self-sufficient in power generation. By converting waste heat to steam, Wasit has the capacity to generate 798 megawatts of power. This process, known as cogeneration, allows us to produce electricity as a byproduct of our operations. Less fuel is required to produce energy and less fuel is consumed, thereby lowering emissions.

Behind the power of cogeneration is the power of people. Our employees oversaw the design and construction of the cogeneration plant. All the members of the cogeneration operations team are Saudis, many of whom are young graduates of our Apprentice Program. 

Midyan Gas Plant

Located in the Tabuk region, Saudi Aramco's first such project in the Kingdom’s northwest. The Midyan field, discovered in the early 1990s during Red Sea coastal plain exploration, was studied to identify ways to optimize economic production.

The facilities have reached 97% completion. The plant will supply nonassociated gas and condensate to the Saudi Electricity Company’s new power plant in Duba in the Kingdom’s northwest, generating opportunities for economic growth in the region.

Economic growth

Together, our gas plant and the power station will spur economic development in the area, generating opportunities for training, job growth, and new businesses.

Fadhili 

We commenced construction of our grassroots Fadhili Gas Plant, located 30 km west of Jubail Industrial City, in late 2016. The facility is emblematic of our broader impact on not only increasing supplies of gas, but also driving economic growth, developing the Saudi workforce, and reducing emissions.

  • Designed to process 2.5 billion scfd and deliver 1.7 billion scfd of sales gas to the Master Gas System, Fadhili will be our first plant to treat nonassociated gas from both onshore and offshore fields.
  • It will be the first to have the capability to use low Btu gas to fuel an independent power plant, yet switch to sales gas as needed. This flexibility enables us to generate electricity from lower value gas and maximize supplies into the Master Gas System.
  • In another first, the plant was designed from inception to use the Tail Gas Treatment process to reach the maximum sulfur recovery rate of 99.9%, helping protect air quality.
  • The project’s value extends well beyond the resources it will process: The development of Fadhili will add billions of dollars to the local economy, with an expectation that 40% of the plant’s materials and services to be sourced and manufactured in Saudi Arabia.

Our significant investments in new gas processing capacity help meet Saudi Arabia’s demand for energy, reduce the use of liquids for electricity generation, and enable opportunities in energy consuming industries such as steel, aluminum, and other downstream value-added sectors.

Increasing supply

When completed, Fadhili Gas Plant will become a key component of the Kingdom’s Master Gas System, expanding from its current 9.3 billion scfd of sales gas in 2015 to 12.5 billion scfd by 2021.

On time, on budget

With 61.5 million safe man-hours achieved without a lost time incident, the development was completed ahead of schedule and below budget.

Karan

Karan, our first non-associated offshore gas field development, has boosted the Kingdom’s gas production by 18 percent. Discovered in 2006 in the thickest, extremely prolific and complex carbonate layers, the project was fast-tracked, taking only five years to go from discovery to production.

Non-associated gas fields do not have an associated oil column and, therefore, can be accessed without producing oil. The raw gas is transported through a 110-kilometer subsea pipeline to the Khursaniyah Gas Plant for processing. 

Our significant investments in new gas processing capacity are targeted to help meet Saudi Arabia’s demand for energy, reduce the use of liquids for electricity generation, and enable opportunities in energy consuming industries such as steel, aluminum, and other downstream value-added sectors.  

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