SAOGE focuses on oil and gas industry's progress

Updated 22 November 2015
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SAOGE focuses on oil and gas industry's progress

DAMMAM: The 7th edition of the Saudi International Oil and Gas Exhibition (SAOGE) opens at the Dhahran International Exhibition Center in Dammam on Monday. The three-day expo is being held with the support of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif.
Dhahran Expo CEO Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Hussaini said: "We are extremely proud for this honor that Prince Saud is extending to SAOGE 2015; this is a further award to the ever-increasing importance of SAOGE as the best-attended and premier oil and gas exhibition in Saudi Arabia".
The three-day show aims to highlight the development of products in the oil and gas industry, which has taken a pivotal position in the Saudi economy, compared to other commercial industries in the Kingdom, and to other countries that do not have the hydrocarbon raw material, the official said.
He said that gas and oil are the basic raw materials for the manufacturing and consuming industries, in addition to being a key material in the production of a myriad of other chemicals.
He said the Eastern Province (EP) ranked first in the manufacturing materials industry and in the number of factories specialized in those industries, which require the identification of appropriate opportunities to develop the sector, and identify how to increase its products, without direct dependence on raw materials, but the resulting industries.
The SAOGE, which attracts the oil and manufacturing industries’ major investors, will include many contributions and offers from key industry professionals to review the most prominent developments, the new global research and studies in the field of oil industries, its development and protection under the current circumstances, Al-Hussaini added.
The exhibition is an important linking point for companies, distributors and suppliers in the oil sector. It aims at promoting investment by attracting more capital that will contribute in the launch of many projects in the most important national industry sectors in the EP.
Moreover, SAOGE will review through its activities the latest products in the oil industry, the major challenges facing the sector, in addition to many of the solutions that have contributed to raising the level of performance and improve the related services.


Russia’s RDIF to boost investment deals in Saudi Arabia

Updated 31 min 47 sec ago
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Russia’s RDIF to boost investment deals in Saudi Arabia

  • Fund's CEO Kirill Dmitriev leads a delegation of more than 20 Russian business figures to the Kingdom
  • The delegation discussed projects in oil refining, petrochemical, gas chemical and oilfield services

RIYADH: Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF said on Wednesday it would significantly boost its investments deals with Saudi Arabia in 2019.

The fund’s CEO Kirill Dmitriev led a delegation of more than 20 Russian business figures to the Kingdom to discuss new projects.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih met Dmitriev in Riyadh and expressed his happiness on the progress they made in the talks and the cooperation between the two countries. 

“Its not only commercial cooperation, but we are also working on scientific research, and we have opened a research center in Moscow University,” Al-Falih said.

The minister said the Russian delegation will also meet officials from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation SABIC and mining company Ma’aden among other companies during their three day visit to the Kingdom.

The delegation discussed projects in oil refining, petrochemical, gas chemical and oilfield services sectors, a Russian Direct Investment Fund statement said.

Al-Falih added that the Russian side has started a rubber plant project in Al-Jubail with Total and Novomet.

RDIF already has a $10 billion investment partnership with the Saudi Public Investment Fun (PIF), with more than $2 billion already invested in projects.

“We extend our cooperation not only on oil cuts but to cooperate in oil services, technology, LG and petrochemicals,” Dmitriev said. “We believe Saudi Aramco can be one of the greatest partners of Russia.”

The CEO said they were continuing to cooperate with PIF in Saudi Arabia through a number of energy investments.

Russian companies are also keen to invest in the Kingdom’s planned $500 billion mega-city NEOM.

“We have companies that have interest to invest in NEOM, we would like to build a port in NEOM, it can be a big port,” Dmitriev said.