Strong domestic demand and the desire to conserve oil resources for export are driving reform in Saudi Arabia’s power sector.
Steps taken by national oil giant Saudi Aramco to consolidate some of its downstream assets, most notably in the US market, appear to be laying the groundwork for an initial public offering (IPO) and a move towards becoming the global leader in refining.
Production from Saudi Arabia’s oilfields will remain at near-record levels in the short to medium term, with Riyadh looking to maintain above-average output despite low prices. At its June 2015 meeting, OPEC decided to keep the bloc’s production at 30m barrels per day (bpd), the level that had been agreed the previous November. According to...
Although gas production increased by more than 70% between 2003 and 2013 according to BP figures, harnessing its potential presents a number of challenges. Saudi Arabia has no plans to export gas, seeing it as feedstock for local power, desalination and petrochemical plants in order to free up more oil for export.
When OPEC’s member states announced that their crude oil production target would remain at 30m barrels per day (bpd) at a meeting in Vienna on November 28, 2014, Saudi Arabia was accused of waging a price war to preserve market share. The implication was that the country wanted to see the price of Brent crude fall so low that drillers in the...
The drop in global oil prices in the second half of 2014 thrust Saudi Arabia’s energy sector into the spotlight, but the consequences for the Kingdom vary significantly depending on whether they are measured in terms of production, price or perception.
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