Saudi will raise crude output to 15m bpd - prince

Former intelligence head says kingdom aims to ramp up production from current 12.5m barrels per day

Saudi Arabia wants to raise its crude oil production capacity from its current 12.5m barrels per day to 15m barrels per day by 2020, a prince in the kingdom was quoted as saying.

Prince Turki Al Faisal, a former intelligence head, said that the increase would allow for the Gulf country to export up to 10m barrels per day. Prince Turki was speaking at an event at Harvard University on April 25, although a transcript of his comments were only published this week.

Saudi Arabia has about one-fifth of the world's proven oil reserves and is the largest oil producer and exporter of total petroleum liquids in the world. The kingdom has the largest spare capacity, which it has used to help stabilise the global oil market and invest in the development of the country's infrastructure, in addition to providing financial aid to neighbouring countries.

However, in a report last year, Citigroup said the kingdom could become an oil importer by 2030 if the country's oil consumption grows in line with peak power demand.

As a result, the kingdom has been investing heavily in renewable energies to fulfil domestic consumption requirements.

The Saudi government says it will invest SR408.75bn to produce 41 gigawatts of solar energy by 2032.

The Saudi Electricity Company will also spend $80bn over the next ten years to help meet the kingdom’s rising demand for electricity, local daily Arab News reported last month.

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Posted by: Abdulaziz

Saudi is a swing producer, the country has to make oil price affordable for so many countries and to convince the world not to resort to renewable energy solutions just yet. Mother nature is not happy about it, but every country looks after its own interest. Canada's sand shale is not yet cheap to recover economically. who knows, the world might move to renewable before it can be recoverable. Europe wants to be 100% renewable by 2030.

Posted by: jonjon

their doing this so that the price of oil drops significantly enough that producers in the oil sands and shale developments can't economically export oil.

Posted by: frazzla

i second that. they're dumping oil on the market to undermine new infrastructure and e&p activities. offshore oil and gas development is very expensive particularly as most of it is ultra deep waters. shale oil and tar sands are also very capital intensive. let's watch this space and see what happens!

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