Al-Falih confirms Saudi Aramco IPO expected within two years

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 March 2019
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Al-Falih confirms Saudi Aramco IPO expected within two years

JEDDAH: The stock-market launch of Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, is expected to take place within two years, Khalid A. Al-Falih, the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, confirmed on Wednesday.
His comments echo a similar timescale quoted by Aramco president and chief executive Amin Nasser to Arab News in January this year.
Arabic-language newspaper Okaz reported that Al-Falih’s comments on the timescale for the initial public offering — potentially the biggest stock-market flotation in history — came on Wednesday during his visits to the headquarters of Saudi Aramco Total Refining And Petrochemical, and Sadara Chemical Company.


BP and SOCAR sign new Azeri oil deal

Updated 19 April 2019
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BP and SOCAR sign new Azeri oil deal

  • The Azeri Central East (ACE) platform, the latest phase of Azerbaijan’s giant Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) oilfields extension program, is expected to produce 100,000 barrels of oil a day
  • BP and the government of Azerbaijan extended their agreement to continue developing the ACG fields until 2050 in a major deal in 2017

BAKU: Oil major BP and Azerbaijan’s state energy company SOCAR signed an agreement on Friday to build a new exploration platform for the South Caucasus nation’s three major oilfields, BP-Azerbaijan said in a statement.
The Azeri Central East (ACE) platform, the latest phase of Azerbaijan’s giant Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) oilfields extension program, is expected to produce 100,000 barrels of oil a day and cost $6 billion to build, the company said.
The project is one of the biggest upstream investment decisions to have been signed in Azerbaijan so far this year.
The ACG fields, which to date have produced around 3.5 billion barrels of oil, are estimated to have the potential to yield another 3 billion barrels.
BP’s main aim now would be to maximize the extraction of remaining reserves, Robert Morris, senior analyst at Wood Mackenzie, said in a statement.
“ACE is central to those plans, adding 100,000 barrels per day of production at peak in the mid-2020s,” he said.
BP and the government of Azerbaijan extended their agreement to continue developing the ACG fields until 2050 in a major deal in 2017.
Separately, SOCAR and its partners at the BP-led ACG consortium plan to participate in a tender to acquire stakes being sold by two of its members, ExxonMobil and Chevron.
SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev made the announcement to reporters following a meeting of senior SOCAR figures on Friday.