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Empty Quarter zones pump gas says Srak.

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A Royal Dutch Shell Royal Dutch Shell plc is a multinational oil company of British and Dutch origins. It is one of the largest private sector energy corporations in the world, and one of the six "supermajors" (vertically integrated private sector oil exploration, natural gas, and petroleum product  and Saudi Aramco Saudi Aramco, the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia, is the largest oil corporation in the world and the world's largest in terms of proven crude oil reserves and production.  joint venture said that gas from two zones under exploration in the kingdom's Empty Quarter flowed at a combined rate of 90 million cubic feet per day. South Rub Al-Khali Noun 1. Rub al-Khali - a desert in southern Saudi Arabia
Ar Rimsal, Dahna, Great Sandy Desert

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia - an absolute monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia; vast oil reserves dominate the economy
 Co (Srak) said the two zones were located in the Arab reservoir in its fourth exploration well called Kidan-6. "One zone was flowed at a rate of 50 million cubic feet per day of gas while the other zone was flowed at 40 million cubic feet of gas per day," Srak said in an emailed statement. The gas tested "is sour ... (with) 10-25 barrels of condensate condensate, matter in the form of a gas of atoms, molecules, or elementary particles that have been so chilled that their motion is virtually halted and as a consequence they lose their separate identities and merge into a single entity.  liquids (per one million cubic feet of gas)". The same well showed that another area, called Khuff reservoirs "was not hydrocarbon bearing and the deep section of the well was therefore abandoned", it added. Srak began exploring in 2004 for gas, condensate and natural gas liquids in nine blocks in two separate parts of the Empty Quarter. Ownership of Srak is split equally between Shell and Aramco. Total has sold a 30 per cent stake in Srak after the first three wells found nothing. Kidan is near the 750,000 barrels per day Barrels per day (abbreviated BPD, bbl/d, bpd, bd or b/d) is a measurement used to describe the amount of crude oil (measured in barrels) produced or consumed by an entity in one day.  (bpd) Shaybah oilfield. Srak has drilled at the field which was an old Aramco discovery. Kidan contains sour gas Sour gas is natural gas or any other gas mixture which contains significant amounts of hydrogen sulfide (H2S). According to this reference [1], natural gas is usually considered sour if there are more than 5. , which means it is more dangerous and costly to process. Sour gas has high levels of potentially deadly hydrogen sulphide hydrogen sulphide

a colourless poisonous gas with an odour of rotten eggs
. Aramco's Chief Executive Khaled Al-Falih said last month that the drilling outcome was promising at the Kidan field and that that Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell are studying its development. The kingdom is short of gas to meet demand from power plants and industry. Energy consumption has risen in the world's top oil exporter in recent years, especially when record oil export revenues fuelled an economic boom. Srak plans to drill wells in Zaynan-2 and Umm Quloob-1, it said in the statement without giving a timeframe.

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Date:Aug 23, 2009
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