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Saudi Arabia to announce slight rise in oil, gas reserves after audit

Saudi Arabia is expected to announce a slight rise in its crude oil and gas reserves after being independently audited on January 9, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Saudi Arabia’s reserves of easily recoverable oil have long been the world’s largest.

For nearly 30 years – despite rising production, large swings in oil prices and improved technology – Riyadh has annually reported the same number for reserves at around 261 billion barrels, according to a statistical review by BP.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih is due to hold a news conference in Riyadh on January 9 to make the announcement at around 11.30 local time (0830 GMT).

He is also expected to provide further updates on the country’s energy strategy.

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