Saudi Arabia Energy Articles & Analysis

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Local scientists and engineers working in Saudi Arabia’s laboratories and on its test rigs have been making significant research and development (R&D) gains in the energy technology sector in recent years. In 2014, Saudi Aramco set a new record for inventiveness and innovation – 99 patents were granted to the company in the US, while an...

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

The recent fall in oil prices means that the energy sector’s contribution to Saudi Arabia’s economic growth will be limited in 2015, with expansion to be driven more by the non-oil sector, which is forecast to increase by about 5% in 2015. Saudi Arabia’s crude oil production averaged 9.71m bpd in 2014, compared to 9.63m in 2013 and 9.76m in 2012. However, despite lower oil prices, the Kingdom...

 

What steps must be taken to ensure that Saudi Arabia’s growing power and water needs are met? What role can technology play in ensuring this?

 

The Kingdom leads the world in the production and consumption of desalinated water, and with an estimated SR91bn ($24.3bn) of expansion plans in the pipeline until 2020, as well as privatisation in the offing, the sector offers opportunities for a range of investors.

 

Utility plants that produce power alongside desalinated water or steam allow Saudi Arabia to optimise the use of its hydrocarbons resources to support communities living in the country’s hot, arid conditions. Cogeneration facilities have been operating for many years, but the country is trying to press home the advantage by making use of new...

 

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...