Aramco, ACWA, Air Products get financing for world’s largest IGCC complex

Aramco, ACWA, Air Products get financing for world’s largest IGCC complex
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Updated 28 September 2021

Aramco, ACWA, Air Products get financing for world’s largest IGCC complex

Aramco, ACWA, Air Products get financing for world’s largest IGCC complex
  • The JV is purchasing the ASUs, gasification, syngas cleanup, utilities and power assets from Aramco

RIYADH: A consortium of Saudi Aramco, Air Products, ACWA Power and Air Products Qudra on Monday signed asset acquisition and project financing agreements for a $12 billion air separation unit, gasification and power joint venture in Jazan Economic City, said a press release.

“This JV is meant to be central to the self-sufficiency of our megaprojects at Jazan,” said Mohammed Al-Qahtani, senior vice president of downstream, Saudi Aramco.

It serves Aramco’s Jazan Refinery, a megaproject to process 400,000 barrels per day of the crude oil to produce the main products such as ultra-light sulfur diesel, gasoline, and other products.

All parties under the joint venture expect asset transfer and funding to occur during October 2021. Air Products intends to conduct a public investor call at that time.

Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products chairman, president and CEO, said the project is a “perfect fit with our growth strategy.”

The JV is purchasing the ASUs, gasification, syngas cleanup, utilities and power assets from Aramco. The JV owns and operates the facility under a 25-year contract for a fixed monthly fee. Aramco will supply feedstock to the JV, and the JV will produce power, steam, hydrogen and other utilities for Aramco.

Mohammad Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, said:  “Jazan IGCC is set to be the largest integrated project for gasification and combined cycle energy production in the world.”

Aramco via its subsidiary Saudi Aramco Power Co. has a 20 percent share in the JV; Air Products 46 percent; ACWA Power 25 percent; and Air Products Qudra 9 percent. Air Products’ total ownership position is 50.6 percent by owning an additional 4.6 percent through Air Products Qudra.


Islamic Development Bank announces its final issuances

Islamic Development Bank announces its final issuances
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Islamic Development Bank announces its final issuances

Islamic Development Bank announces its final issuances

RIYADH: The Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia has announced the price of its second and final issuances as part of its plan to mobilize financial resources.

The Saudi Press Agency reported the final price of issuance instruments by the bank was SR6.3 billion ($1.7 billion), due to five years of annual returns by 1.435 percent, as a part of the bank medium-term instruments program of SR93.7 billion ($25 billion).

The President of the Islamic Development Bank, Muhammed Sulaiman Al-Jassar, said he wanted to "thank investors" for trusting the institution during the recovery from the pandemic.


Private equity giants Blackrock and Blackstone will attend FII5: CEO

Private equity giants Blackrock and Blackstone will attend FII5: CEO
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Private equity giants Blackrock and Blackstone will attend FII5: CEO

Private equity giants Blackrock and Blackstone will attend FII5: CEO

Blackrock and Blackstone, two of the world’s leading private investment management companies, will be attending the fifth anniversary of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), the foundation’s chief executive officer said in a press conference on Thursday.

Richard Attias, IFF’s CEO, also added that Africa will occupy a big place in the event, with presidents of Rwanda and Gabon attending, as well as several African speakers and leaders.

The head of the organization indicated that out of the 5200 participants registered for FII5, 70 percent are from Europe and North America.

Chinese attendees will be small in number because of the 3-week mandatory quarantine, but about 50 speakers from the country will be contributing, he added.


Goldman Sachs, Freshfields working on possible Porsche IPO: Manager magazin

Goldman Sachs, Freshfields working on possible Porsche IPO: Manager magazin
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Goldman Sachs, Freshfields working on possible Porsche IPO: Manager magazin

Goldman Sachs, Freshfields working on possible Porsche IPO: Manager magazin
  • Goldman and Freshfields both declined to comment.

 Investment bank Goldman Sachs and law firm Freshfields are among advisors working on a possible listing of Volkswagen's luxury unit Porsche AG, manager magazin reported on Thursday, without saying where it obtained the information.


Goldman and Freshfields both declined to comment. Volkswagen had no immediate comment.

People familiar with the matter had told Reuters in May that the Porsche and Piech families, who control largest shareholder Porsche SE, are prepared to take a direct stake in Porsche AG should the luxury carmaker be separately listed.


Asked about the idea of a Porsche listing, talk of which has surfaced regularly in recent years, Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess in July said that while the company continued to review its set-up its battery ramp-up was the priority. 


Oil hits multi-year high above $86, then pulls back

Oil hits multi-year high above $86, then pulls back
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Oil hits multi-year high above $86, then pulls back

Oil hits multi-year high above $86, then pulls back
  • The price of Brent has risen over 60 percent this year

Oil hit a three-year high above $86 a barrel on Thursday driven by tight supply and a global energy crunch, although prices eased as some investors took profits on signs the rally is looking overstretched.


Helping to drive the latest gain, a supply report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday showed crude and fuel inventories tightened, with crude inventories at the Cushing storage hub falling to a three-year low.

Brent crude rose as high as $86.10, the highest since October 2018, but by 1155 GMT was down 92 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $84.90. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 74 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $82.68.


"Traders who had set $86 as their selling threshold took the opportunity to already pocket some profit," said Louise Dickson of Rystad Energy. "Oil prices took a dive as a result."


The price of Brent has risen over 60 percent this year, supported by a slow ramp-up in supply by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, and a global coal and gas crunch which has driven a switch to oil for power generation.


Oil also came under pressure from a drop in coal and natural gas prices. In China, coal fell 11 percent on Thursday, extending losses this week since Beijing signalled it might intervene to cool the market.


"With coal and gas prices easing and with the relative strength index technical indicators still in overbought territory, the odds of a sharp, but material fall in oil prices are rising," said Jeffrey Halley, analyst at brokerage OANDA.


Even so, some analysts are calling for oil to rally even more as OPEC+ is likely to stick to its plan for gradual output increases while demand is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels.


Rystad said the outlook was bullish for the rest of the year and Giovanni Staunovo of Swiss bank UBS said in a report he expected Brent to trade at $90 in December and March.


Ryanair not sure it will hit 12.5% 2030 sustainable fuel target

Ryanair not sure it will hit 12.5% 2030 sustainable fuel target
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Ryanair not sure it will hit 12.5% 2030 sustainable fuel target

Ryanair not sure it will hit 12.5% 2030 sustainable fuel target
  • O'Leary said he was concerned that increasing use of sustainable aviation fuels could have an upward impact on food prices

Ryanair is not sure it will reach its "very ambitious target" of powering 12.5 percent of its flights with sustainable aviation fuels by 2030, Group Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told CNBC television on Thursday.


But he said Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost airline, was confident of reaching at least 10 percent and called for the European Union to set a similar target.


"The European Union has set a target of 5 percent of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030," O'Leary told the television station. "We think we can do better than that – I think we'll get to 10 percent."


"Whether we can get to 12.5 percent, I'm not sure, but I know if we don't invest in the research and that technology now, we certainly won't get there," O'Leary said, referring to a target Ryanair set in April.


O'Leary said he was concerned that increasing use of sustainable aviation fuels could have an upward impact on food prices.