Saudi Aramco IPO will guarantee growth and jobs: Al-Falih

Saudi Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih. (SPA file photo)
Updated 07 July 2017
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Saudi Aramco IPO will guarantee growth and jobs: Al-Falih

DUBAI: The forthcoming sale of shares in Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, will help generate sustainable growth and quality jobs for citizens of the Kingdom, according to Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih.
In his message unveiling Aramco’s 2016 annual review on Thursday, Al-Falih, who is also chairman of the oil giant, said the planned initial public offering (IPO) on Saudi and international stock markets was “the most notable feature of the Kingdom’s transformation” as set out in the Vision 2030 plan to reduce its dependence on oil revenue.
“The Vision, which aims to diversify the national economy beyond oil and build a thriving private sector, will enable Saudi Aramco to expand its global presence. Concurrently with the Vision, the company will enlarge its supply chain and improve business reliability through a local network of suppliers and manufacturers while increasing the competitiveness of Saudi Arabia’s energy sector,” he said.
He added that the IPO — which is set to value Aramco at $2 trillion and which is scheduled for late next year — would “elevate the international visibility of the company’s decision making and governance, and building confidence in its long-term strategy.”
In 2016, which Al-Falih said was a “challenging year,” Aramco reached an all-time record for production of crude oil, pumping an average of 10.5 million barrels a day (mbd) — the biggest daily figure of any oil company in history.
Late in the year, Saudi Arabia led the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) initiative to cap oil production in the face of falling prices, which Al-Falih said has “set the stage for an improved business environment in 2017.”
He said that 2016 was a “turning point” for Aramco, Saudi Arabia and the global oil industry.
Saudi Arabia ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2016, just before the US signaled it was to leave the global pact to protect the environment. Al-Falih said that “the role of oil and gas in the global energy mix will remain significant for decades to come.”


Shell, Exxon not to seek compensation for end of Dutch gas field production

Updated 25 June 2018
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Shell, Exxon not to seek compensation for end of Dutch gas field production

AMSTERDAM: Energy companies Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil will not submit a claim for missed revenue due to the Dutch government's decision to halt gas production at the Groningen field by 2030, the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs said on Monday.
"A lot of gas will be left in the ground," Economy minister Eric Wiebes said at the presentation of his deal with the oil majors responsible for extracting Groningen gas.
"That gas is the property of the oil companies, but they will not submit a claim and the government is not required to compensate them."
The Dutch government in March said it would end gas production at the Groningen field by the end of the next decade, in an effort to stop a string of relatively small, but damaging earthquakes caused by gas extraction.
This will leave around 450 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas in the ground, Wiebes said, with an estimated value of approximately €70 billion ($81.5 billion).
The decision to halt Groningen production forced the government to broker a new deal with Shell and Exxon Mobil, whose 50-50 joint venture NAM is responsible for the field.
NAM will be required to pump as much gas as the government says is needed in the coming years. In return, it will see its share of the revenue from Groningen rise from 10 to 27 percent, Wiebes said, starting this year.
As part of the deal, NAM will also contribute a total of €500 million to strengthen the economy in the Groningen region.