This is the country’s latest program to expand gas production to meet growing domestic demand for energy, lessening dependence on oil for power generation.
Fadhili, due to be completed by the end of 2019, will process 2.5 bcf/d of non-associated gas from offshore and onshore fields, including 2 bcf/d from the offshore Hasbah field.
This, allied to the output from new Wasit and Midyan processing complexes, will add more than 5 bcf/d to Saudi Arabia’s non-associated gas processing capacity.
By 2020 Saudi gas production should exceed 17 bcf/d, enabling opportunities in Saudi industries such as steel and aluminium.
Aramco is exploring further opportunities at Fadhili that may include a helium recovery plant and a carbon dioxide recovery unit to reduce emissions.
Last week the company awarded Larsen & Tubro and EMAS Chiyoda Subsea a $1.6-billion EPCI contract to construct the Fadhili offshore facilities.
This will include two streams of three wellhead platform topsides; one tie-in platform with flare platforms and bridges; 20 km (12.4 mi) of umbilicals and 25 km (15.5 mi) of in-field pipelines; two 36-in. trunklines to transport produced gas from offshore to the onshore Fadhili gas plant; and 110 km (68 mi) of fiber-optic and power cables for a power and communication network.
Total project costs will likely exceed SAR 50 billion ($13.3 billion).
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