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    Saudi Aramco plans to increase oil production

    Aramco will also double its natural gas production over the next 10 years

    Baku. 10 May. REPORT.AZ/ Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco will continue to increase capacity for both oil and gas production, and will also expand overseas through joint ventures. Report informs citing the TASS, recently, the company had announced plans to launch aninitial public offering(IPO), which could be the biggest public listing of all time.

    Output capacity at the company’s Shaybah oilfield is expected to go up by 33 percent, reaching 1 million barrels a day, in the next couple of weeks. The capacity expansion at Shaybah by 250,000 barrels a day is meant to compensate for decreasing output from other maturing fields, according toReuters. The total refining capacity is planned to be increased to 8 million to 10 million barrels a day, up from the current 5.4 million barrels a day.

    Aramco will also double its natural gas production over the next 10 years, Nassersaid. The company aims to produce 23 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas a day, up from the current 12 billion cubic feet a day.

    While Nasser did not specify if increased capacity would translate into a corresponding increase in crude output, he said Aramco would meet the heighteneddomestic demandas electricity consumption in the country surges during the summer months. He said demand was trending higher in other places as well, such as India and the U.S., and that the company expected demand to rise by 1.2 million barrels a day this year.

    Aramco is also looking at opportunities to expand overseas, and is considering potential joint ventures in several places, including China, India, Indonesia, the U.S. and Vietnam.

    “We are looking at the current market status that, even though challenging, is an excellent opportunity for growth,” Nassersaid.

    Proceeds from the company’s IPO plans, in which it is expected to divest about 5 percent share, are meant to contribute toward diversification of the Saudi Arabian economy, which is currently centered around oil and gas.

    News that Aramco is going to increase output capacity further may impact crude oil prices, which have been making a jagged, tenuous recovery since falling below $30 a barrel in January. However, as of 6:25 a.m. EDT, Brent, the global benchmark, was trading at $44.35, a gain of about 1.6 percent.

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