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Saudi Arabia: Ghawar

Ghawar is the largest oil field in the world, and key to the Saudi strategy of driving higher cost oil producers out of the market. The main thrust of our Ghawar analysis, most of which is not shown here, was to help a client better understand when this truly massive oil field might begin its terminal decline phase. This analysis involved characterizing Ghawar's geology, defining its reservoir characteristics, determining its production history, and comparing Ghawar's production performance to that of analogs.  The analogs are especially interesting because they clearly illustrate that even massive fields like Ghawar have finite life spans. Further, we believe the analogs give a good sense as to how long plateau (or peak) production might last, and what kind of potential field decline rate might be expected once production roles over.

The client focused on when Ghawar might begin to decline and its potential rate of decline because from their viewpoint answering this question is critical to understanding how long Saudi Arabia could continue to be OPEC's swing producer.

  

Overview Map of the Saudi Arabian Oil and Gas Industry
Overview Map of the Saudi Arabian Oil and Gas Industry
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More Detailed View of the Location of the Ghawar Field
More Detailed View of the Location of the Ghawar Field
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Ghawar Structure Map on the Top of the Jurrasic Arab D formation, the Main
Producing Formation At Ghawar

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Estimate of Ghawar's Average Daily Production By Year
Estimate of Ghawar's Average Daily Production By Year
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Regional Cross Section, including the Jurrasic Interval in which the Arab D sits
Regional Cross Section, including the Jurrasic Interval in which Sits the Arab D
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Well distribution for Ghawar, circa 2000
Well Locations for Ghawar, Circa 2000
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Jurrasic Arab D Formation Description and Characteristics
Jurrasic Arab D Formation Description and Characteristics
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Jurassic Arab D Type Log
Jurassic Arab D Type Log
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Average Reservoir Characteristics for the Main Reservoir  At Ghawar at the Site of the Different Discovery Wells
Average Reservoir Characteristics for the Main Reservoir  At Ghawar at the Site of the Different Discovery Wells
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