Jubail port records 20% increase in cargo transport

Updated 11 July 2014
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Jubail port records 20% increase in cargo transport

Jubail Commercial Port has seen a 20 percent increase in the total weight of cargo transported via its port during the first half of 2014 with 5,075,054 tons compared to 4,244,648 tons during the same period in question.
Captain Fahd bin Ahmed Al-Amer, director general of Jubail Commercial Port, said that the total tonnage of liquid bulk cargo exports and imports amounted to 1,693,001 tons in the first six months since the beginning of the year compared to the same period last year when it was 1,132,343 tons, a 50 percent increase.
Meanwhile, the general cargo exports and imports declined by 38 percent where it scored 579,738 tons by the end of June this year compared to 927,645 tons in the first half of 2013, he noted.
Al-Amer said the number of containers (TEU) saw an increase of 26 percent for the first half of 2014 when it stood at 190,156 TEUs compared to 150,411 TEUs for the same period last in 2013.
According to him, a total number of 393 ships have docked at Jubail Commercial Port during the first half of 2014 compared to 322 ships for the first half of 2013, with 22 percent increase.
Al-Amer predicted that the increase will continue steadily during the current year due to the efforts of the port’s management in marketing and promoting the port to the private sector and via encouraging them to import and export via the port as well as the continuous development of the port’s services that are offered for customers in addition to improving the mechanisms of operation, which boosted the customers’ confidence in the port’s system.
“These achievements come as a result of the support given by the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to the ports’ sector and the direct and ongoing follow-up of Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al-Tuwaijri, president of Saudi Ports Authority, to enhance the performance of the Saudi ports and develop them to compete with international ports,” he added.


Russia’s RDIF to boost investment deals in Saudi Arabia

Updated 37 min 11 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.