BMI View: Crude production in Saudi Arabia continues to grow, as the kingdom looks to balance existing export commitments with rising demand domestically. Export volumes will be supported by increased oil-to-gas switching in the power sector in 2016 , with the commissioning of the Wasit gas plant. In order to grow the role of gas in the longer term, Aramco is targeting development of its vast unconventionals potential. However, we expect progress here to remain slow, despite an uptick in investment towards R&D. The outlook for gas consumption is bullish, driven by rising demand from the power and petrochemical sectors. However, consumption will remain capped by production across our forecast period. Fuels consumption growth has softened markedly in the YTD, due to the impact of subsidy reform and a weakened macroeconomic setting.
|Crude, NGPL & other liquids prod, 000b/d||11,546.0||12,171.9||12,331.5||12,400.8||12,502.9||12,575.8||12,645.4|
|Refined products production, 000b/d||2,320.0||2,552.0||2,781.7||2,809.5||2,978.1||3,097.2||3,128.2|
|Refined products consumption & ethanol, 000b/d||3,005.4||3,125.6||3,172.5||3,236.0||3,300.7||3,363.4||3,427.3|
|Dry natural gas production, bcm||116.8||118.7||131.1||136.1||137.5||138.8||150.8|
|Dry natural gas consumption, bcm||116.8||118.7||131.1||136.1||137.5||138.8||150.8|
Latest Updates & Key Trends
Saudi output will trend gently upwards across the next five years.
However, we forecast exports to remain flat as new refining capacity is brought online, absorbing forecast production growth.
In order to support exports, the kingdom has looked to increase the role of gas in the domestic power and industrial sectors. However, domestic gas consumption remains heavily capped due to limited production growth.
In spite of Saudi Arabia's heavy focus on unconventional onshore non-associated gas resources, we expect slow progress in developing these prospects. Domestic production will likely remain insufficient to meet unrestrained demand.
Despite inadequate domestic supply, proposals to import LNG will face major roadblocks, due to concerns over the loss of the kingdom's energy self sufficient status, low domestic gas prices and risks to domestic gas development.
The pace of energy demand growth will begin to slow, as a more ambitious subsidy reform programme begins to take effect.
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