The project came online in 1982, pre-dominantly to transport associated gas from Ghawar
field to support industrialisation.
The onshore Ghawar
fields produce 5m b/d, with about 70bn barrels still recoverable there.
The most prominent lie along the Ghawar
area, which consists of several oilfields, the largest in the world.
Burgan is the world's second-biggest field, after Saudi Arabia's Ghawar
deposit, and has a production capacity of about 1.
He pointed out that Saudi Arabia works on digging up to five experimental wells of shale gas in the Ghawar
Field and in other fields near borders with Jordan.
Among them are the largest onshore field in Ghawar
and the largest offshore field at Safaniya in the Arabian Gulf.
Saudi Arabia identified substantial shale gas formations in the northwest of the country, the South Ghawar
and the Rub al-Khali.
Two EOR projects have been planned in Ghawar
and Wafra fields, using carbon dioxide injection and steam flooding methods, respectively.
Domestic consumption of petroleum products, due to surging demand for electricity, gasoline and air-conditioning will limit Saudi export growth, as will the ageing of Ghawar
, the biggest oilfield in the world that is now more than 50 years old.
Modern-day Al Ahsa, located in close proximity to the world's largest oil field at Ghawar
, continues the city's rich commercial legacy.
One of the largest regions in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, Al Ahsa is known for agricultural business and is located near the world's largest oil field at Ghawar
It has carried out appraisal drilling and piloting of three prospective areas for unconventional gas in the northwest, in south Ghawar
and for condensate-rich shale gas in the Rub' al-Khali.