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Saudi Arabian Oilfields “Greenest” In The World

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Nature magazine’s new study says Saudi Arabian oilfields are amongst the lowest carbon emitters on the planet, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Venezuelan fields took the opposite aplomb, with its facilities’ carbon intensity measured at six times that of Saudi Arabia. This was likely due to PDVSA’s power intensive and widespread “steam flooding” technique used to increase oil flows.

Stanford University conducted the study with funding from Saudi Aramco, the KSA’s fossil fuel giant. It focused on the producers that supplied significant amounts of fuel to the Chinese market, which excluded the United States from the study.

Though American shipments have reached Asian ports in recent months, the United States did not begin exporting fuel until the end of 2015, which is after the study was commissioned and took full force.

"China has been the world's largest growth market for energy for the past 15 years and accounted for about 43% of the world's oil consumption growth over this period," the report reads.

Greenhouse gas emissions as a result of fossil fuel production is likely to be scrutinized further in the coming years as the world aims to prevent an increase in global temperatures by 2 degrees centigrade. Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest exporter and de facto leader, aims to cut domestic oil consumption to free more oil for exporting and to reduce its carbon emissions.

The KSA is leading other green initiatives as well, recently signing an agreement with Japanese energy firms and carmaker Nissan to launch the first pilot project for electric vehicles in the country. For one year, Saudi Electricity will operate the three Nissan EVs and the three Takaoka Toko quick chargers, while TEPCO will evaluate the data from the pilot project. The companies will also develop a business plan for the use of EVs and quick chargers in Saudi Arabia, TEPCO said.

By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com

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  • Justin on March 27 2018 said:
    This has nothing to do with technology or an interest in enviromental standards it is simply the naturaly cleanest crude and easy to produce. Saudi Arabia is also waging one of the most disgusting wars in the 21st century and this does not take into account the massive pollution caused by the USA maintaining the 5th fleet and various other military endevours to keep this oil supply safe secure and flowing. A fluff article at best.
  • Mamdouh G Salameh on March 03 2018 said:
    I am not surprised. Saudi Aramco is a world class company in terms of technology, global reach and proven reserves. It has been in the forefront of technology as witnessed by its investing for many years in the latest technologies such as enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and other technologies to cut down pollution.

    Moreover, the quality of Saudi crudes whether light, medium or heavy, are far less polluting than the extra-heavy Venezuelan crude. This means that greenhouse gas emissions resulting from oil production will be much far less.

    Saudi Arabia is aiming to cut its domestic consumption of crude oil in water desalination plants and electricity generation and replace oil with solar and nuclear power. In so doing, it will reap great economic benefits by prolonging the longevity of its oil resources and increase its exports.

    Part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to burnish its green credentials is to promote a wider use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • Old Grey Badger on March 03 2018 said:
    Saudi Arabian oil is the easiest to produce, just drill a hole and sit back as tens of thousands of barrels flow out. No wonder it has the lowest carbon intensity. A study like this doesn't tell us anything beyond that, i.e. about global production dynamics.

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