The Saudi energy minister’s ambitious plan to vastly reduce the burning of liquids fuels in power plants is a big ask. Can it be done?

Saudi Arabia burned just over 900,000 b/d of liquid fuels in its power plants last year, down 7% from the 2017 record (see chart). The volumes involved indicate that the recent pledge by Saudi Minister of Energy Khalid al-Falih that “over the coming decade liquids burning in our utilities will be virtually eliminated” is a tough challenge.

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