Safaniya Oil Field
|Safaniya Oil Field|
|Start of production||1957|
|Current production of oil||1,200,000 barrels per day (~6.0×107 t/a)|
|Estimated oil in place||37,000 million barrels (~5.0×109 t)|
|Estimated gas in place||5,360×109 cu ft (152×109 m3)|
Safaniya Oil Field (Arabic: حقل سفانية النفطي), operated and owned by Saudi Aramco, is the largest offshore oil field in the world. It is located about 265 kilometres (165 mi) north of the company headquarters in Dhahran in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia. Measuring 50 by 15 kilometres (31.1 by 9.3 mi), the field has a producing capability of more than 1.2 million barrels per day (190×103 m3/d). 
The oil field was discovered in 1951. It is considered the largest offshore oil field in the world. When it was first put in production in 1957, it flowed 50,000 barrels per day (7,900 m3/d) of crude oil from 18 wells. At the beginning of 1962 it possessed the facilities to handle 350,000 barrels per day (56,000 m3/d) from 25 wells. This sevenfold increase had evolved in just four years and nine months. Its reserve amount to around 37 billion barrels (5.9×109 m3) of oil and 5,360 billion cubic feet (152×109 m3) of natural gas.
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