Shadows picked up by satellites suggest Saudi Arabia underreported its oil stores last year

10 Jan 2018   Saudi Arabia

Satellite imagery of two of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil refineries suggests the kingdom may have underreported its oil stores in the first half of 2017. Satellite images gathered by the tech startup Bird.i suggest the level of crude oil held in two major Saudi refineries, Ras Tanura and Yanbu, increased last year from January to June. The kingdom’s official figures show supplies as having declined amid a commitment to reduce supply in the face of low prices. Bird.i collects and analyzes satellite, drone, and airborne images from numerous sources, some of which are captured in monochrome and some in full color. The technology allows the fullness of oil tanks to be estimated according to the shadows cast by tanks’ floating roofs: More shadow suggests the roof and […]

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