KSA to maintain crude production capacity

Updated 09 June 2016
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KSA to maintain crude production capacity

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will maintain the same level of crude production capacity until 2020 under the National Transformation Program (NTP).
Saudi Arabia will keep output capacity at 12.5 million barrels a day in 2020, according to a draft of the NTP.
The program calls for the country to produce 4 percent of its power from renewable energy sources in 2020 and cut electricity and water subsidies by SR200 billion ($53 billion).
“They’ll either have to cut crude exports or they’ll be pumping closer to full capacity,” Robin Mills, CEO at consultant Qamar Energy in Dubai, said in a Bloomberg report. Saudi Arabia’s production capacity is the biggest in the world, said Mills, a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Doha.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced earlier this year a plan to overhaul the nation’s economy to make it less dependent on oil revenue amid a plunge in prices due to a global glut.
The plan includes selling shares in Saudi Aramco by the end of 2018 in an initial public offering that could value the company at about $2 trillion.
Saudi Arabia pumped 10.27 million barrels a day of oil in April, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Output reached a record 10.57 million barrels a day in July, and the country has produced more than 10 million barrels in each of the last 14 months.
Saudi Arabia has the second-biggest crude reserves after Venezuela and more than double the deposits in Russia,


Saudi energy minister compares electric vehicle ‘hype’ to peak oil misconceptions

Updated 15 October 2018
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Saudi energy minister compares electric vehicle ‘hype’ to peak oil misconceptions

  • Khalid Al-Falih on Monday questioned what he described as the “hype” of the electric vehicle market
  • Compared it to past misconceptions around the theory of peak oil

LONDON: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih on Monday questioned what he described as the “hype” of the electric vehicle market and compared it to past misconceptions around the theory of peak oil.
He told the CERAWeek energy gathering by IHS Markit in New Delhi that petrol and diesel engines would co-exist with emerging electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies for much longer than widely expected.
Miscalculations around the pace of electrification could create “serious” risks around global energy security, he said.
“Conventional vehicles today, despite all the hype, represent 99.8 percent of the global vehicle fleet. That means electric vehicles with 0.2 percent of the fleet, only substitute about 30,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent of a total global oil demand of about 100 million barrels.
“Even if those numbers increase by a factor of 100 over the next couple of decades, they would still remain negligible in the global energy mix.”
He said: “History tells us that orderly energy transformations are a complex phenomenon involving generational time frames as opposed to quick switches that could lead to costly setbacks.”
In another broadside aimed at electric vehicles, the Saudi energy minister highlighted past misconceptions about global energy demand growth — and specifically the notion of “peak oil.”
“I remember thought leaders within the industry telling us that oil demand will peak at 95 million barrels per day. Had we listened to them and not invested . . . imagine the tight spot we would be in today.”
“Let’s also remember that in many parts of the world, roughly three fourths of the electricity, which would also power electric vehicles, is currently generated by coal, including here in India. So you could think of any electric vehicle running in the streets of Delhi as essentially being a coal-powered automobile.”
“When it comes to renewables, the fundamental challenge of battery storage remains unresolved — a factor that is essential to the intermittency issue impacting wind and solar power. Therefore the more realistic narrative and assessment is that electric vehicles and renewables will continue to make technological and economic progress and achieve greater market penetration — but at a relatively gradual rate and as a result, conventional energy will be with us for a long, long time to come.”