Saudi Arabia announces revolution in shale gas production


Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser announced the start of development of the largest shale gas field outside the United States. We are talking about the Jafurah field. The explored volumes of gas in this field are about 5,7 trillion cubic meters. This is higher than, for example, at the Bovanenkovo ​​field of the Russian Federation.


As noted, if gas production at the field reaches its planned targets, then Saudi Arabia will become the third gas producer in the world (in terms of production volumes) by 2030. The first places are indicated by Russia and the USA.

Amin Nasser said that shale gas, which will be produced in Jafur, will not be expensive for buyers. According to him, the cost of production will be relatively low due to the willingness to apply the latest cracking technologies. Fracking is called hydraulic fracturing, which causes an influx of the extracted substance (in this case, shale gas) to the wells.

Amin Nasser:

In the process of shale gas production, a revolution has occurred. She is commercial. For production, we use ordinary sea water. We were told that relatively cheap shale gas production using water is possible only in the USA, where there are no special problems with water and where there are technologies. They told us that Saudi Arabia has big problems with water. But we know about a way to use seawater. And they intend to implement this method at the field in Jafur.

Saudi Aramco CEO said that the field is located not far from the Persian Gulf coast, because there will be “no problems with sea water for fracking”.
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  1. Thrifty 25 February 2020 12: 48 New
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    Hydraulic fracturing will sooner or later come back to them, cheap gas will be pumped out of the bowels, and what will they do with giant artificial voids in the lithospheric plates of the planet? Nature does not tolerate emptiness, the difference in the difference in the internal pressure of the layers of the planet will turn the region into a particularly seismic hazard!
    1. svp67 25 February 2020 12: 52 New
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      Quote: Thrifty
      Nature does not tolerate emptiness, the difference in the difference in the internal pressure of the layers of the planet will turn the region into a particularly seismic hazard!

      Desert, I think that they don’t really care about them now ...
      1. Zoldat_A 25 February 2020 13: 50 New
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        Quote: svp67
        Desert, I think that they don’t really care about them now ...

        It seems to me that the main thing is that the main beneficiaries of Saudi oil and gas do not have any excitement. In the USA. They spit on their own Texas, and only some Saudis there ...
        But the sheikhs themselves are not particularly interested in knowing what, who and where is shaking in the desert. Their prices for supercars and private jets are much more important.

        You can configure skyscrapers for crazy petrodollars. And "build a planetarium if there is a million" (see. "The Head of Chukotka"). And psychology is not going anywhere - you can try not to recall the “pre-oil” Emirates, but the memory of generations is a strong thing. And they have the memory of generations of HERE -
        1. iljael 25 February 2020 16: 34 New
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          Happy people in the pictures.
    2. Roman070280 25 February 2020 12: 55 New
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      It will be a long time and not true ..
      1. tihonmarine 25 February 2020 14: 08 New
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        Quote: Roman070280
        It will be a long time and not true.

        Everything is constantly changing, and untruth can turn into truth. Everything is in the hands of Allah.
        1. Roman070280 25 February 2020 14: 17 New
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          Everything is in the hands of Allah.

          That's exactly what they thought ..))
    3. voyaka uh 25 February 2020 12: 56 New
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      "and what will happen to the giant artificial voids in the lithospheric plates of the planet" ////
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      What remains of oil? Either fill with water to squeeze out oil, or voids remain. I mean ordinary oil.
      1. Thrifty 25 February 2020 13: 04 New
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        Warrior, drill strata in the desert, and in the mountains the difference is huge! In the mountains, the mountains themselves play the role of a giant compensator; in the desert, completely different conditions. On the plain, deep drilling cannot be fully compensated, because in addition to wells with pumped gas in the lithosphere plate, natural voids are possible that cannot be found exactly. Therefore, to drill in those places is to push nature to strong local weather disasters.
        1. voyaka uh 25 February 2020 13: 07 New
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          What does the mountain have to do with it? Take Western Siberia. A huge amount of oil was pumped out. Instead, a huge amount of fresh water was pumped into the voids.
          And so on ...
          Salt water is pumped into Saudi Arabia.
          1. Horst78 25 February 2020 13: 33 New
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            Quote: voyaka uh
            What does the mountain have to do with it? Take Western Siberia. A huge amount of oil was pumped out. Instead, a huge amount of fresh water was pumped into the voids.
            And so on ...

            Do not pay attention to such. I am from Western Siberia and I was not only surprised by the comment
            On the plain, deep drilling cannot be fully compensated, because in addition to wells with pumped gas in the lithosphere plate, natural voids are possible that cannot be found exactly.
            It can be seen that the person on Wiki studied the geology and technology of oil and gas production. We have such a common not only associated gas in oil reservoirs. But combined oil and gas fields. Tomskneft at one time got a lot of gray hair while Igolo-Talovskoye learned to develop. And there is not associated gas, but natural. The tubing rotted in less than a year. PS water is not needed for
            fracking
            , and to maintain reservoir pressure. And yes, for some reason, We call fracking “Fracking”. Yes, they will make it not with water, but with a chemical mixture.
            1. SOF
              SOF 25 February 2020 13: 59 New
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              Quote: Horst78
              Western Siberia

              ... in order to push the kamarada to a more detailed Wikipedia smoking, on this topic, to "Western Siberia" you need to add the "plain" laughing
              .... and yes .... after half a century of intensive development of the subsoil .... here the last earthquake was somewhere in the dinosaurs .... repeat
            2. tihonmarine 25 February 2020 14: 11 New
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              Quote: Horst78
              It can be seen that the person on Wiki studied the geology and technology of oil and gas production.

              Let the experts decide these questions, but we can only look from the side.
              1. Horst78 25 February 2020 16: 19 New
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                Let experts decide these issues.
                20 years in the fields, is this the opinion of a "specialist"?
                1. tihonmarine 25 February 2020 21: 11 New
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                  Quote: Horst78
                  20 years in the fields, is this the opinion of a "specialist"?

                  Will do.
                  1. Horst78 26 February 2020 00: 10 New
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                    Will do.
                    hi drinks Nice to understand hi drinks
                    1. tihonmarine 26 February 2020 06: 23 New
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                      Quote: Horst78
                      Nice to understand

                      20 years is a term, experience and endurance.
            3. NKT
              NKT 25 February 2020 21: 57 New
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              They need water specifically for hydraulic fracturing, for pumping proppant and creating cracks. This is clay shale, what is the efficiency here, especially for a gas deposit? A well will be flooded in a year and a new one needs to be drilled.
              The basis of the mixture for hydraulic fracturing is water and vegetable powder (legumes or guaran) + several chemical additives, including for the subsequent destruction of the gel and its transfer to the bottomhole zone.
          2. orionvitt 25 February 2020 14: 37 New
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            Quote: voyaka uh
            In return, a huge amount of fresh water was pumped into the voids.

            Notice in the void and fresh. During hydraulic fracturing, small voids collapse, releasing natural gas, while completely changing the geological structure of the subsurface, which has been established for hundreds of millions of years. And pumping salt water there, there is a chance to spoil everything in the world. Or they think that the desert is not a pity.
            1. Grandfather Crimea 25 February 2020 15: 26 New
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              They think only about $, they will remember about Allah when they are rumbled specifically or in oases for some reason water rises, about Allah, and even not fresh, but salty.))))))
        2. My doctor 25 February 2020 13: 18 New
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          Quote: Thrifty
          Warrior, drill strata in the desert, and in the mountains the difference is huge! In the mountains, the mountains themselves play the role of a giant compensator; in the desert, completely different conditions.

          In the mountains, gas belay belay belay
          TIN.
          1. Stalllker 25 February 2020 13: 48 New
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            It's good that he is not a geologist laughing
        3. Steen 25 February 2020 15: 01 New
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          Where in the mountains is oil extracted? Ural? Sayans? Andes? Himalayas?
          1. Polymer 25 February 2020 16: 47 New
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            Quote: Steen
            Ural? Sayans? Andes? Himalayas?

            Caucasus. Russian oil fields began there.
      2. pipetro 25 February 2020 14: 31 New
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        In the USA, the population is really dissatisfied with the production of shale gas. For some people, living conditions there simply became wild because of this. It’s just that you won’t solve anything with protests, otherwise corporations would not be able to push through the same ban on the presence of gardens in their own yards, for example.
      3. pmkemcity 26 February 2020 06: 50 New
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        Quote: voyaka uh
        Either fill with water to squeeze out oil, or voids remain. I mean ordinary oil.

        Just the question is different - where will they get so much water? If they pump salty, then this is a kapets to everything.
    4. smart ass 25 February 2020 13: 00 New
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      An urgent need to send unknown drones to them
    5. Sergey39 25 February 2020 13: 09 New
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      Yes, everything is simple. The ice is melting. Gas and oil are pumped out of the bowels. Excess water is pumped into the resulting voids. The water balance in nature is respected.
      1. Stalllker 25 February 2020 13: 49 New
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        Did he invent this nonsense or prompted?
    6. maidan.izrailovich 25 February 2020 13: 33 New
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      ..with giant artificial voids in the lithospheric plates of the planet? .

      The thickness of the continental lithospheric plate in the region of 200 - 220 km.
      What size do you think should be voids in order to be considered giant? This is the first.
      The second one. There, the country is a continuous desert. They don’t care.
      1. orionvitt 25 February 2020 14: 42 New
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        There, the country is a continuous desert. They don’t care.

        Really nevermind. But the desert can be dirtied so that you can’t dig a well in the oasis, and the old ones will become unusable. Especially if you pump sea water. In states and without sea water, in areas of shale gas production, groundwater is completely muddied.
    7. Nikodim 25 February 2020 15: 31 New
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      Just take an interest in the construction of oil and gas deposits and do not write more nonsense about “artificial voids”
    8. Po-tzan 25 February 2020 17: 06 New
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      You just have to wait until the shale bubble bursts and the dollar collapses!
  2. svp67 25 February 2020 12: 51 New
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    Saudi Aramco CEO said that the field is located not far from the Persian Gulf coast, because there will be “no problems with sea water for fracking”.
    Of course, there is no problem with water, but with the neighbors there are ...
  3. Victor March 47 25 February 2020 12: 51 New
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    What new technologies is this Bedouin talking about? A desert where there is nobody, including jerboas, allows you to do everything with it.
    1. Grits 25 February 2020 13: 07 New
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      Quote: Victor March 47
      What new technologies is this Bedouin talking about

      The technology is very complicated - instead of using fresh water, use salt water. Nobel!
      1. Vitaly Smirnov_2 27 February 2020 11: 46 New
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        In Tataria, oil has long been extracted. And for a long time (since the 60s) they have been pumping water into the fields. Fresh (from Kama) and salty, with a salt content of 200 grams per liter (in sea water 30 grams per liter). So, fearful.
  4. rocket757 25 February 2020 12: 52 New
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    Sooner or later, everyone will have to switch to new production methods ... when the “convenient” deposits are depleted!
    Of course, if by then fossil fuels would still be used in huge quantities.
    Wait and see.
  5. Mavrikiy 25 February 2020 13: 00 New
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    Saudi Arabia announces revolution in shale gas production
    Revolution, Shaw Shah Kerdyk? Ah, we came up with seawater to use, well, congratulations.
    In the SA, life on oases and along the coast, is now kaput to her, only in the movies will remain. request and they will look at the camel in the zoo.
    1. voyaka uh 25 February 2020 15: 12 New
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      Saudis are building desalination plants. There is an Israeli patent. The technology is simple. It is now used around the world.
      1. Mavrikiy 25 February 2020 16: 55 New
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        No, well, if there is an Israeli patent, then the revolution is there. Money - Israel cap-cap. SA - kerdyk, hydraulic fracturing delayed greetings from Allah.
      2. Andrey Komkov 26 February 2020 17: 48 New
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        For this desalination plant, you need a lot of electricity that is produced at power plants, burning ..... yes, that same gas. And when he is gone or he goes dirty, what can’t be used because of fracking, then what?
        1. voyaka uh 26 February 2020 17: 54 New
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          In Saudi Arabia, fresh water for drinking, life is scarce. Therefore, the cost of the pumps have to endure. And spend gas on electricity.
        2. missuris 27 February 2020 19: 12 New
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          gas-fired power plants produce very cheap electricity near the field, on the Yamal Peninsula, at a wholesale gas price of 3000 rubles per 1000 cubic meters, 1 kilowatt / hour at the power plants comes out at 50 kopecks. one of the Yamal-CNG directors said that the cost of production is 1500 rubles per 1000 cubic meters, for Yamal-CNG itself, 1 kilowatt / hour of energy can cost 25 kopecks.
          if the gas is not liquefied, but the Saud will also succeed in converting it into priyamo energy at the field.
          Saudi Arabia is almost at the equator, at wholesale prices for solar cells, a kilowatt goes almost 1 ruble per kilowatt / hour.
  6. Den717 25 February 2020 13: 02 New
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    Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser announced the start of development of the largest shale gas field outside the United States. We are talking about the Jafurah field. The explored volumes of gas in this field are about 5,7 trillion cubic meters. This is higher than, for example, at the Bovanenkovo ​​field of the Russian Federation.
    ..... if gas production at the field will reach planned targets, that Saudi Arabia will become the third gas producer in the world

    From what has been written it is clear that the chicken is only trying to squat in the nest ...... Let them drill and begin real development, then something can be discussed. Poles with Ukrainians also declared endless reserves of shale gas in their territories, but today they don’t even remember something about these declarations. We will see ....
  7. Viktor Sergeev 25 February 2020 13: 03 New
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    Another Chegivars. Where is Greta looking? Strange, never once quacked about shale gas and oil? Is Soros really invested?
  8. Grits 25 February 2020 13: 08 New
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    Both on! Another shale has appeared. Saud, shaw, are you lacking normal gas?
  9. kind 25 February 2020 13: 15 New
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    Not otherwise mattress technology shared. Well, staff members have already promised to fill up the whole world with cheap shale gas, and even on the outskirts they wanted to mine it, only things were there now. Now the Saudis believed in fairy tales. Allah help them.
    1. UserGun 25 February 2020 15: 35 New
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      Quote: Good
      Well, staff members have already promised to fill up the whole world with cheap shale gas


      Well, they completed their task. At least in gas production they are already ahead of the rest, although, as I recall, about 10 years ago people like you laughed at it, but it won’t work out ...)))
      https://yearbook.enerdata.ru/natural-gas/world-natural-gas-production-statistics.html
      1. kind 25 February 2020 16: 07 New
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        How did it come about? Extraction and sale on the market are different categories. For ten years, the world leader in the market of liquefied natural gas (LNG) Qatar will increase production by one and a half times, while maintaining first place - 150 billion cubic meters. m (or 109 million tons) in 2028 due to its own projects and shares in LNG plants in the United States, the study said. And the USA, now it’s not even one of the five largest manufacturers and inferior to Russia in LNG supplies to Asia and Europe

        Read more at RBC:
        https://www.rbc.ru/business/18/09/2019/5d7fa40b9a794765c3ab9bf1
        1. UserGun 25 February 2020 16: 39 New
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          And so it happened. Do not forget that the United States also LARGEST CONSUMER, and as for exporters, so in the world TENS of countries exporters who, on aggregate exports, leave gas meat far behind. But what’s interesting, only the Russian Federation, through the mouth of a crane leader, believing in its "exceptionalism" carried a blizzard about how the "era of cheap hydrocarbons passed"))) But it turned out ...))) In the world, they regularly discover new gas deposits and the "exclusivity" of the Russian Federation is very imaginary. all the more so with those kooky powers that be, because even proven reserves, without the same Shell can not get.
    2. FORCE 38GB 25 February 2020 17: 26 New
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      Most likely, with THEM (states) the feed is being developed ... In Ukraine, to mine - the navel will be untied! and the locals will not give, and we will not allow Russia! For what you shove cons I do not understand .. From me, plus + .. I support! good
  10. Kerensky 25 February 2020 13: 41 New
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    about 5,7 trillion cubic meters

    This is how much water you need to drive there? !!
    Hm! And then (after hydraulic fracturing) the formation closes ...
    CA insurance companies need to review agreements ...
  11. Vasyan1971 25 February 2020 13: 49 New
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    For production, we use ordinary sea water.

    Even so, then in the desert place there will be a salty desert
  12. 123456789 25 February 2020 14: 41 New
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    There are also effective managers in the CA - this is encouraging hi
  13. Engineer Schukin 25 February 2020 14: 48 New
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    Quote: Zoldat_A
    It seems to me that the main thing is that the main beneficiaries of Saudi oil and gas do not have any excitement.

    That is, doesn’t you bother to write this, given that Russia supplies the United States almost twice as much oil as Saudi Arabia?
  14. Piramidon 25 February 2020 15: 10 New
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    Saudi Arabia announces revolution in shale gas production

    Not understood. But what, the "normal" gas they have already "FSE", or what?
  15. Nikodim 25 February 2020 15: 40 New
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    Quote: voyaka uh
    "and what will happen to the giant artificial voids in the lithospheric plates of the planet" ////
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    What remains of oil? Either fill with water to squeeze out oil, or voids remain. I mean ordinary oil.


    Imagine wet sand, only saturated not with water, but with oil and under excessive pressure. This is approximately and in the general case there is an oil deposit, oil is located there in the voids between the grains of sand. During operation, the oil exits from there partially under the influence of excess pressure, partially by the action of the gas dissolved in it (shake the bottle of soda and open - you will see the effect), partially it is washed out by the water pumped into the reservoir.
    I repeat, this is very approximately and in a very general case
  16. Nikodim 25 February 2020 15: 50 New
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    Quote: Kerensky
    about 5,7 trillion cubic meters

    This is how much water you need to drive there? !!
    Hm! And then (after hydraulic fracturing) the formation closes ...
    CA insurance companies need to review agreements ...


    Surprise-surprise, but in the West Siberian fields of Russia, water is also pumped into the reservoir. And much more than oil is produced.
    collapse of cracks after hydraulic fracturing - just ask how this hydraulic fracturing is done in the same Record. Siberia, and since allied times
  17. Rostislav Prokopenko 25 February 2020 19: 01 New
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    Greta Tutunberg must be set on them laughing
    1. Nikolay87 25 February 2020 20: 21 New
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      Quote: Rostislav Prokopenko
      Greta Tutunberg must be set on them laughing

      imagined for a second how Gretta speaks her famous phrase to the Saudi king especially these pathetic "How dare you" laughing
  18. Nikolay87 25 February 2020 20: 12 New
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    H3Rnya all this, let them run the camels wassat
  19. lvov_aleksey 26 February 2020 00: 59 New
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    we in Russia do not produce such gas, our nature is already killing