Why Saudi Arabia can not produce Its own shale gas?

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According to estimates by Baker Hughes Inc., Saudi Arabia may hold even about 645 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas. It gives this country the fifth place in the world in terms of shale gas reserves, behind China, the U.S., Argentina and Mexico.

Several oil and gas majors, including Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd. are already invested in Saudi operations. Presently, both firms have research centers up and running in Saudi Arabia, hoping to discover how best to develop and exploit that country’s rich shale reserves.

Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia may need at least a decade to develop shale-gas production  to a wide scale due to the desert kingdom’s short supplies of water.

Finding the necessary amount of water in the regions where Saudi Arabian Oil Co. is exploring for shale gas will be difficult, according to Amin Nasser, senior vice president of upstream at the company known as Saudi Aramco. “The infrastructure cost will go down with time but water is going to remain a challenge” he said March 10 at an oil and gas conference in Manama, Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia’s shale plans may be slowed by lack of water |fuelfix

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Maciej Wawrzkowicz

Fifth year student of Mining and Geology at Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas at AGH University of Scince and Technology in Krakow, Poland. In YoungPetro, Deputy Editor-In-Chief, social media co-conductor, manager of the 'Ambassadors' project and 'How it works' section. HR manager of SPE AGH UST Student Chapter Poland. As a Lab assistance conducts also researches in terms of water recovery from drilling fluids. Interested in various sources of energy. Privately, loves high mountain tourism and low cost traveling.

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