Once the Jafurah basin's enormous hydrocarbon potential had been confirmed, through the drilling of the first vertical and lateral wells in the Tuwaiq Mountain source rock, our plans to develop the gas field were put in place.
These included two key elements:
First, we had to build the necessary technical and organizational competencies required to explore, discover, and appraise such a large unconventional gas field.
Second, we had to deploy a methodical de-risking strategy.
This included the acquisition of comprehensive sub-surface data and the creation of geological maps to guide our explorations, and the drilling of appraisal wells — which were in operation for periods of up to three years — to assess productivity and improve our decision-making.