Big growth ahead seen for Saudi gas utilization

Abdullah M. AitaniCenter for Refining & PetrochemicalsKing Fahd University of Petroleum & MineralsDhahran, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia is one of the world's richest countries in hydrocarbon resources. Its overall economic stability and growth are heavily dependent on these resources. An ambitious plan is currenly under way to restructure the economy. The development of natural gas has been finally linked with the kingdom's quest to stay economically comfortable. The following two initiatives have been put forward to develop the natural gas sector: •Expansion of natural gas supplies for use in the production of petrochemicals throughout the kingdom. It is hoped that this approach...

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