Schlumberger to build land rigs at King Salman Energy Park

Updated 17 December 2017
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Schlumberger to build land rigs at King Salman Energy Park

LONDON: Schlumberger plans to develop an industrial manufacturing center within the King Salman Energy Park in Saudi Arabia.
The oilfield services contractor made the disclosure at a ground-breaking ceremony at the site that is developed and operated by Saudi Aramco. Schlumberger will be an anchor tenant at the park.
“The new industrial manufacturing center will collocate our upstream and midstream manufacturing in the Kingdom and complements the footprint Schlumberger has built over many years,” said Schlumberger Chairman Paal Kibsgaard.
Multinational companies operating in Saudi Arabia are increasingly seeking ways to add local manufacturing capacity in order to align with economic diversification goals aimed at creating more jobs for Saudis and making the country less reliant on oil.
The new center will manufacture products for drilling, exploration and production, as well as midstream, Schlumberger said in a statement.
The industrial manufacturing center will be developed over 500,000 square meters on land allocated for energy-related industries.
The first phase is planned to be completed by the end of the second quarter next year, which will bring Schlumberger land rig manufacturing to the Kingdom.


UK households grow less confident about their finances in October — IHS Markit

Updated 22 October 2018
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UK households grow less confident about their finances in October — IHS Markit

  • 23 percent of households expect their finances to weaken over the next year
  • The survey asked 1,500 respondents

LONDON: British households’ confidence in their finances worsened this month as their earnings from employment rose at the weakest rate since February, adding to growing signs of caution among consumers, a survey showed on Monday.
The IHS Markit Household Finance Index, watched by the Bank of England as a gauge of consumers’ financial health, cooled to a three-month low of 45.1 from 45.7 in September, though the reading is still one of the highest since the survey’s 2009 launch.
The survey’s findings may raise eyebrows among BoE officials who expect inflation pressure to pick up over the next couple of years, driven by a gradual pick-up in wage growth.
Data firm IHS Markit said the British public’s inflation expectations for the next 12 month fell this month to the lowest in two years, while optimism about house prices was the lowest since July 2016 — just after the Brexit vote.
“UK households cast their most downbeat assessment of current finances in three months in October as weaker earnings growth from employment limited cash availability,” IHS Markit economist Joe Hayes said.
“Looking ahead, households were more concerned about their future budgets.”
Other gauges of financial sentiment among households have also soured recently.
Expectations for personal finances over the next 12 months struck a five-month low in September, according to a closely-watched report from pollsters GfK.
And the latest Thomson Reuters/Ipsos Primary Consumer Sentiment Index showed 23 percent of households expect their finances to weaken over the next year — the biggest proportion since March 2013.
IHS Markit said households’ expectations for Bank of England interest rates were barely changed compared from a month ago, with half of households expecting another interest rate hike within the next six months.
The survey of 1,500 people was conducted between Oct. 11 and Oct. 16.