- Aramco is still 98% owned by the Saudi government, and the federal coffers, which run everything from the national airline to plans to open up for official tourism are dependent on the dividends that Aramco pays.
- With dry season in the oil and gas world setting in, some of these projects must now wither so that the rest of Saudi Aramco can survive.
- And drilling still continues, with Aramco announcing the discovery of two new oil and gas assets near the Kingdom's border with Iraq, with the Hadabat Al-Hajara and Abraq at-Tulul fields offering a mixture of light crude, condensates and natural gas to the market.
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