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Reader riposte: Correction on Saudi oil

12 January 2012 08:28

Greg Woods, formerly with Saudi Aramco, comments on this Rodger Shanahan piece from July 2011

I knew the numbers quoted by the author could not be correct. He obviously looked at this website with this info: ‘The total Saudi domestic energy demand is expected to rise from about 3.4 million barrels per day of oil equivalent in 2009 to approximately 8.3 million barrels per day of oil equivalent by 2028’.

And here is what Shanahan said: 'Saudi Arabia's domestic oil consumption has increased from 3.4 million barrels per day (bpd) throughout most of the 2000s to 8.3 million bpd in 2009.'

Blatant error!

Also notice the use in the first article of the term 'oil equivalent', meaning that other products such as gas have been converted through their BTU equivalents to barrels of oil.

You owe your readers an apology.

Ed. note: Yep, fair cop. We acknowledge the error and apologise to our readers. 

Ed. note II: It's just been pointed out to me that Greg's email is actually dated 27 July, yet it arrived in my inbox only yesterday. I assumed Greg had found Rodger's article just recently via a search, but it seems he read it soon after it was published and wrote to us immediately, an email which took six months to reach us!