Following are some facts on the 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) Khurais oilfield project.
- Khurais' capacity is equivalent to over 1.5 percent of daily global demand of just over 83 million barrels per day.
- The more-than $10 billion project is one of the largest ever additions to global oil production capacity and the largest integrated oilfield project taken on by Aramco to date.
- The project is named after the Khurais oilfield, but will handle oil from three fields: Khurais, Abu Jifan and Mazalij.
- Khurais is the largest of three oilfield projects to take Saudi total production capacity to 12.5 million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of June. The other two fields included in Aramco's programme are the 250,000 bpd Shaybah field expansion project and the 100,000 Nuayyim field. Nuayyim started pumping in May.
- The kingdom has said it will pump crude at full capacity from Khurais in order to rest some capacity at Ghawar, the world's largest oilfield. Ghawar pumped around 5 million bpd last year.
- The field needs two million barrels per day of water injection but lies 190 km from Aramco's Qurayyah seawater treatment plant. That plant was expanded and pipelines built to pump the water needed from the Gulf to the fields. Aramco drilled 120 wells alone for water injection.
- The project used 145,000 tonnes of structured steel, 4,000 km of piping, more than 10,000 km of cable and poured 470,000 cubic metres of concrete.
- Khurais is located about 90 miles east of Riyadh and near Ghawar.
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