Korea’s POSCO E&C negotiates $2.92bn Vision 2030 projects

Han Chan-Kun, president and CEO of POSCO E&C, and Cho Young Doo, vice CEO for strategic planning, address a press conference on Monday.
Updated 22 June 2016
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Korea’s POSCO E&C negotiates $2.92bn Vision 2030 projects

RIYADH: POSCO E&C, a South Korean global construction leader, says it is negotiating projects related to Saudi Vision 2030 worth $2.92 billion.
Han Chan-Kun, president and CEO of POSCO E&C, announcing this here on Monday, highlighted Korean and his company's contributions in the implementation of Vision 2030.
Chan-Kun said his company has lined up many projects for the Kingdom to support its march to achieve Vision 2030, including 13 projects under planning, two under construction and two under negotiation.
"Under construction projects are the $421 million sulfur railcar roaring faculty owned by Saudi Aramco and the $79 million Yanbu wastewater treatment plant owned by Marafiq,” he said.
"The two projects under negotiations are the $2.00 billion Ghazlan power plant owned by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and construction of $918 million five-star hotel owned by Dar Al Hijrah," he added.
Chan-Kun, a prominent South Korean business leader, highly lauded Vision 2030 stating that it will transform the country to a new advanced level both regionally and globally, and will provide the Kingdom and its people more prosperity and better quality of life in the post-oil era.
"Korea will be a strong contributor to this transformation process with all that it has in terms of knowledge and expertise. Our company already has started this by working in some of the vision projects and it will work on more once we get more opportunities," he said.
He pointed out that his company entered into partnership with the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), which purchased 38 percent (around $ 1.1 billion) of his company and this partnership resulted in establishing PECSA, a new Saudi-Korean joint venture company that will be a major player in the fields of urban development, housing and infrastructure construction in the country.
He hoped that the new JV will place his company in a better position to offer the best possible projects in its specialties across the Kingdom.
"While partnerships with many others can be merely for draining profits from the country after completion of projects and nothing else, our partnership with PIF, hopefully will be mutually beneficial and will secure profitability and stability, and sustainability for the projects we implement, " Chan-Kun added.
"Also, the joint venture will benefit in technology transfers, job creation, improve Saudi and GCC engineers’ capabilities by interacting with their high level counterparts in POSCO E&C," he pointed out.
Chan-Kun said his company will provide many job opportunities for Saudis especially in the field of engineering and construction. He expressed his admiration for the Saudi students currently studying in South Korea and said with hard work and devotion they are assured of taking their right places in many fields during the implementation of Vision 2030 when they return home.
He pointed out that his company, ranked third in Korea and 39th globally in the field of engineering and construction. It is part of the Korean and global giant, POSCO Group, that has six major business affiliates in the fields of steel, engineering, trade, IT, energy, and chemistry, and comprises 41 subsidiaries in these fields.
Cho Young Doo, vice CEO for strategic planning, also addressed the media shedding light on POSCO E&C's strategic approach in delivering Vision 2030.
He said his company's strategic approach will focus on three elements. First, the strategic relationship between Korea and the Kingdom that goes back to 1960's as well as the strategic partnership and expertise of the three concerned parties — Saudi PIF, POSCO Group, and POSCO E&C.
The second is provision of total solution from the accumulative know-how and urban development expertise his company has acquired from many past mega projects' execution.
The third is job creation and improving the capabilities of Saudi engineers and work force in construction specialties.


‘Get prices down’ Trump tells OPEC

Updated 20 September 2018
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‘Get prices down’ Trump tells OPEC

  • Trump highlights US security role in region
  • Comments come ahead of oil producers meeting in Algeria

LONDON: US president Donald Trump urged OPEC to lower crude prices on Thursday while reminding Mideast oil exporters of US security support.
He made his remarks on Twitter ahead of a keenly awaited meeting of OPEC countries and its allies in Algiers this weekend as pressure mounts on them to prevent a spike in prices caused by the reimposition of oil sanctions on Iran.
“We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices!” he tweeted.
“We will remember. The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!”
Despite the threat, the group and its allies are unlikely to agree to an official increase in output, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing OPEC sources.
In June they agreed to increase production by about one million barrels per day (bpd). That decision was was spurred by a recovery in oil prices, in part caused by OPEC and its partners agreeing to lower production since 2017.
Known as OPEC+, the group of oil producers which includes Russia are due to meet on Sunday in Algiers to look at how to allocate the additional one million bpd within its quote a framework.
OPEC sources told Reuters that there was no immediate plan for any official action as such a move would require OPEC to hold what it calls an extraordinary meeting, which is not on the table.
Oil prices slipped after Trumps remarks, with Brent crude shedding 40 cents to $79 a barrel in early afternoon trade in London while US light crude was unchanged at about $71.12.
Brent had been trading at around $80 on expectations that global supplies would come under pressure from the introduction of US sanctions on Iranian crude exports on Nov. 4.
Some countries has already started to halt imports from Tehran ahead of that deadline, leading analysts to speculate about how much spare capacity there is in the Middle East to compensate for the loss of Iranian exports as well as how much of that spare capacity can be easily brought online after years of under-investment in the industry.
Analysts expect oil to trend higher and through the $80 barrier as the deadline for US sanctions approaches.
“Brent is definitely fighting the $80 line, wanting to break above,” said SEB Markets chief commodities analyst Bjarne Schieldrop, Reuters reported. “But this is likely going to break very soon.”