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Saudi Arabia plans to export gas and petrochemicals

19 Feb 2020

Saudi Arabia intends to increase gas and petrochemicals exports in bid to diversify its export base away from crude oil. To do so, the Kingdom will develop a national plan related to the circular carbon economy, in which CO2 emissions are reduced, reused, recycled and removed (4R), and to provide the country with all the necessary energy.

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been increasing exploration for gas to supply the industrial sector and to replace oil-fired power generation with gas-fired power generation. The country aims to generate 70% of its power from gas and 30% from renewables. In 2018, Saudi Arabia generated 64% of its power from gas and 36% from oil. It was the world’s biggest crude exporter with 7.4 mbl/d.

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