Optimizing supply and distribution
Our distribution system spans the Kingdom, cost-effectively connecting oil and gas facilities with refineries and terminals, and delivering fuel and feedstocks to industrial customers. From our Operations Coordination Center in Dhahran, operators can monitor and control our entire hydrocarbon production and distribution system, ensuring the safe, efficient, and reliable delivery of energy to Saudi Arabia and the world.
We own and operate the Master Gas System (MGS), an extensive linked network of pipelines, gas processing plants, and NGL recovery and fractionation plants. The MGS collects all associated and nonassociated gas produced in the Kingdom and connects key gas production sites with demand centers in the Kingdom.
To accommodate growing domestic demand, we are expanding the capacity of the MGS. The expanded system should deliver the twin benefits of reducing the use of liquids for power generation and enabling opportunities in energy consuming industries. Phase I of the expansion project was completed in January 2018, adding 1 billion scfd of capacity, raising the total capacity of the MGS to 9.6 billion scfd. The expanded system delivers increased supplies of natural gas to customers in the King Abdullah Economic City and the Rabigh area in the Western region.
Phase II of the expansion project — designed to raise capacity to 12.5 billion scfd — is in the engineering, procurement, and construction stage and is expected to be completed in late 2019. When complete, Phases I and II are planned to add more than 1,600 km of pipelines to the system, further enabling the growth of the high demand utility and industrial sectors in the Central and Western regions.