Saudi supergiant Shaybah oil field still growing

Shaybah oil field, Saudi Arabia's newest supergiant, is approaching its sixth anniversary yet still is growing in terms of reserves and potential productive capacity.Although the official reserves estimate for Shaybah is 14 billion bbl, project managers with operator and state oil company Saudi Aramco contend that their efforts have proved up as much as 15.7 billion bbl. One project engineer confided to OGJ his conviction that the number could easily climb to 18 billion bbl, given the company's recent successes with appraisal drilling and more-detailed 3D seismic surveys. And the field is proving prolific even in other ways, as Aramco last month reported a new gas pool discovery i...

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