Saudi Aramco has made multiple conventional and unconventional gas discoveries across four key regions in Saudi Arabia, according to Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman.

Natural gas fields have been discovered in the country’s central region, Empty Quarter, near the northern border and in the eastern region, the country’s official press agancy SPA reported on Sunday, citing the minister.

The minister named a total of five sizeable discoveries: Shadoon in the central region, Shehab and Al Shorfa in the Empty Quarter area, Umm Khansar near the northern border and Samna in the eastern region.

“Gas flowed from Shadoon-1 well at a rate of 27 million cubic feet per day with 3300 barrels [per day] of condensate,” he said.

In another key gas find, 70 kilometres southwest of the Shaybah field, “gas flowed from the Shehab-1 well at a rate of 31 MMcfd”.

The Al Shorfa discovery flowed gas from the exploration well at a rate of 16.9 MMcfd with 50 bpd of condensate, the report claimed.

Out of the five discoveries, two gas fields — Samna and Umm Khansar — are unconventional, he said.

The Umm Khansar-1 wildcat delivered at a rate of 2 MMcfd of gas and 295 bpd of condensate, while the Samna-2 well flowed 5.8 MMcfd of gas and 24 bpd of condensate.

Prince Abdulaziz last year said Saudi Arabia is making significant efforts to scale up the share of gas and renewable energy in its energy mix by 2030.

The country has already started development of its giant $110 billion Jafurah unconventional gas field and plans to use a significant portion of gas from the Jafurah project scheme to produce blue hydrogen.

In 2021, Aramco became the region’s first national oil company to come up with a net zero target, aiming to achieve net zero Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions across its wholly owned and operated assets by 2050.