Saudi claims: Plea for transparency The well-written article by Sadad al-Husseini "Rebutting the critics: Saudi Arabia's oil reserves" (OGJ, May 17, 2004, p. 16) has prepared us for higher oil prices in the future because of maturing fields and smaller sizes of fields yet to be developed. That is understandable. What Dr. Husseini has failed to address, however, is why the outside world should believe in Saudi Arabia's oil reserves and its future production capacity.Mr. Husseini claims the estimate (260 billion bbl) of the kingdom's proved oil reserves is based on SPE/WPC/AAPG criteria. That may well be so, but where is the evidence? The kingdom's database is closed to publ...

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