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Saudi Arabia’s shale plans may be slowed by lack of water

Oklahoman Published: March 13, 2013

Saudi Arabia may need at least a decade to develop shale-gas production to a scale comparable to the U.S. because of the desert kingdom’s short supplies of water, state oil company officials said.

Bloomberg News reports Saudi Arabia may hold as much as 645 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, the world’s fifth-largest deposits, behind China, the U.S., Argentina and Mexico, according to estimates by Baker Hughes Inc. The kingdom also has about 282.6 trillion cubic feet of proven conventional gas reserves, according to Saudi Aramco’s 2011 annual report.

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