Safaniya Oil Field

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Safaniya Oil Field
Safaniya Oil Field is located in Saudi Arabia
Safaniya Oil Field
Location of the Safaniya oil field within Saudi Arabia
Country Saudi Arabia
Region Persian Gulf
Offshore/onshore offshore
Coordinates 28°16′48″N 48°45′0″E / 28.28000°N 48.75000°E / 28.28000; 48.75000Coordinates: 28°16′48″N 48°45′0″E / 28.28000°N 48.75000°E / 28.28000; 48.75000
Operator Saudi Aramco
Field history
Discovery 1951
Start of production 1957
Production
Current production of oil 1,200,000 barrels per day (~6.0×10^7 t/a)
Estimated oil in place 37,000 million barrels (~5.0×10^9 t)
Estimated gas in place 5,360×10^9 cu ft (152×10^9 m3)

Safaniya Oil Field (Arabic: حقل سفانية النفطي‎) 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) with a producing capability of more than 1.2 million barrels per day (190×10^3 m3/d). The oil field is operated and owned by Saudi Aramco.[1]

The oil field was discovered in 1951. It is considered the largest offshore oil field in the world.[2] 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 (5.9×10^9 m3) of oil and 5,360 billion cubic feet (152×10^9 m3) of natural gas.[3][4]

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