Aramco chief says all work needed for IPO to be done by second half of 2018

Saudi Aramco CEO Nasser Amin said that “all the work-streams” needed for the oil giant’s public listing would be completed by the second half of 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 04 April 2018
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Aramco chief says all work needed for IPO to be done by second half of 2018

  • New maritime industries complex and King Salman Energy City to be fully operational in 2022
  • 2 "Giga" projects would create 180,000 jobs in KSA and contribute $16 billion to national GDP
LONDON: Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said that “all the work-streams” needed for the oil giant’s public listing would be completed by the second half of 2018.
But the Aramco boss did not reveal any clues about the likely location for the listing.
“On the question of where we will be listed, I will park that,” he said.

The London Stock Exchange, as well as exchanges in New York and Hong Kong are competing to be the international location for the initial public offering that could raise about $100 billion and value the state-owned oil from at as much as $2 trillion.
Nasser told the London forum that Aramco viewed gas as a “significant” growth area, and he was trying to capture growth in different parts of the world, both upstream and downstream.
There has been speculation Aramco might do gas deals with Russia and even buy shale assets in the US.
During a panel discussion about KSA “giga-projects,” Nasser flagged up major projects in KSA where the oil company was active in promoting development and growth.
For example, he talked about a new maritime industries complex in the Kingdom that is a joint project with global companies such as Hyundai Heavy Industries.
“When fully operational in 2022, this integrated maritime yard will be one of the largest full-service maritime facilities,” he said.
He also mentioned King Salman Energy City.
“The industrial manufacturing center will be developed over 500,000 square meters on land allocated for energy-related industries,” he said.
The first phase is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018.
Last year, US-based drilling and oil service firm Schlumberger said it would develop a manufacturing facility within the park.
Nasser said the new development would bring major manufacturing capacity to the Kingdom, with the potential to develop export markets.
He added the idea was “to bring the jobs and investment that are crucial to both Saudi Aramco’s IKTVA (In-Kingdom Total Value Add) development program, and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
He estimated that the two giga projets would create 180,000 jobs in KSA and contribute $16 billion to national GDP.


Oil jumps as market tightens, more gains seen

Updated 24 September 2018
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Oil jumps as market tightens, more gains seen

  • Brent crude hit its highest since May at $80.47 per barrel
  • Commodity traders Trafigura and Mercuria said that Brent could rise to $90 per barrel by Christmas

LONDON: Oil prices rose 2 percent on Monday as US sanctions restricted Iranian crude exports, tightening global supply, with some traders forecasting a spike in crude to as much as $100 per barrel.
Brent crude hit its highest since May at $80.47 per barrel, up $1.63 or more than 2 percent, before easing back slightly to around $80.40 by 0730 GMT. US light crude was $1.18 higher at $71.96.
US commercial crude oil inventories are at their lowest since early 2015 and although US oil production is near a record high of 11 million barrels per day (bpd), subdued US drilling activity points toward a slowdown in output.
Commodity traders Trafigura and Mercuria said on Monday that Brent could rise to $90 per barrel by Christmas and pass $100 in early 2019, as markets tighten once US sanctions against Iran are fully implemented from November.
J.P. Morgan says US sanctions on Iran could lead to a loss of 1.5 million bpd, while Mercuria warned that as much as 2 million bpd could be knocked out of the market.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries as well as top producer Russia are discussing raising output to counter falling supply from Iran, although no decision has been made public yet.
OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and its biggest oil-producer ally outside the group, Russia, on Sunday ruled out any immediate extra increase in output, effectively rebuffing a call by US President Donald Trump for action to cool the market.
“I do not influence prices,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told reporters as OPEC and non-OPEC energy ministers gathered in Algiers for a meeting that ended with no formal recommendation for any additional supply boost.
A source familiar with OPEC discussions told Reuters on Friday that OPEC and other producers have been discussing the possibility of raising output by 500,000 bpd.
“We expect that those OPEC countries with available spare capacity, led by Saudi Arabia, will increase output but not completely offset the drop in Iranian barrels,” said Edward Bell, commodity analyst at Emirates NBD bank.
JP Morgan said in its latest market outlook, published on Friday, that “a spike to $90 per barrel is likely” for oil prices in the coming months due to the Iran sanctions.
Struggling with high crude prices and a weak rupee, Indian refiners are preparing to cut back crude imports.