Bahrain announces discovery of 80 bn barrels of oil

Manama (AFP) – Bahrain on Wednesday announced its newly discovered shale oil reserve was estimated at more than 80 billion barrels, making the once-marginal oil producer potentially a major player in the market.

The size of recoverable oil — or oil that can be extracted — is still under study, Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa told a press conference in Manama. 

The new field dwarfs the Bahrain Field, the country’s only other oil field, which contains several hundred million barrels. 

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