Saudi Aramco closes near $2tr valuation on back of higher oil prices

Saudi Aramco closes near $2tr valuation on back of higher oil prices
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Updated 07 October 2021

Saudi Aramco closes near $2tr valuation on back of higher oil prices

Saudi Aramco closes near $2tr valuation on back of higher oil prices

RIYADH: Shares in Saudi Aramco on Wednesday surged on the back of soaring global energy demand, setting the world’s biggest oil company on course to be most valuable corporation on the planet.

Aramco’s share price on the Tadawul exchange in Riyadh rose to an all-time high of SR38 ($10.13), valuing the company at more than $2 trillion and closing the gap on Apple, currently the most valuable quoted company at $2.32 trillion.

Aramco is expected to overtake Apple in the next year. Analysts all forecast further rises in the share price as global oil demand and prices soar on accelerating economic recovery. The US investment bank Goldman Sachs set a 12-month target of SR45, which would place Aramco above Apple.

The mood at Aramco is buoyant. Announcing financial results a few weeks ago, company chief Amin Nasser said: “Our expectation is that the recovery will continue. We are seeing more openings of economies.”

At an energy industry forum this week, Nasser underlined Aramco’s self-confidence by reiterating plans to increase oil capacity to 13 million barrels a day — the highest in the world — and pledging further investment to give it even more firepower in global energy.

Aramco will publish third quarter results at the end of the month, with some analysts predicting an increase in dividend or a “special dividend” to shareholders on account of the strong trading conditions, which are likely to produce a big jump in profits.

“A dividend hike would make the shares even more attractive, and give it a big boost toward Apple. Tech stocks have had a long run but that may slow down,” one energy analyst told Arab News.

The main driving force behind Aramco’s rise has been the surge in oil prices this year, with the price of global benchmark Brent crude nearly doubling. Careful management by OPEC+, the oil alliance led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, has reduced the oil glut at the height of the pandemic recession, and rebalanced global markets.

Share prices of all the big oil companies have recovered along with the price of crude, but Aramco retained value better than the rest at the height of the oil crisis last year.

Goldman Sachs said: “In our view, Aramco stands out from the rest of the industry on quality and scale metrics.”


Indonesia needs additional $148bn to limit carbon emissions 

Indonesia needs additional $148bn to limit carbon emissions 
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Indonesia needs additional $148bn to limit carbon emissions 

Indonesia needs additional $148bn to limit carbon emissions 

RIYADH: Indonesia will need an additional funding of $148 billion to meet its goal of curbing carbon emissions in 2030, Bloomberg reported.

The southeast Asian country needs a total of $365 billion in green investments to cut emissions by 29 percent, head of Fiscal Policy Agency, Febrio Kacaribu, said in a briefing. 

Of the total amount needed, $97 billion is to come from the government, while $120 billion to come from planned private investments. 

Indonesia could reduce emissions by 41 percent with “concrete” international help, Kacaribu added.


Nissan to spend $17.6bn over five years to accelerate vehicle electrification

Nissan to spend $17.6bn over five years to accelerate vehicle electrification
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Nissan to spend $17.6bn over five years to accelerate vehicle electrification

Nissan to spend $17.6bn over five years to accelerate vehicle electrification

RIYADH: Nissan Motor Co. plans to spend 2 trillion yen ($17.59 billion) over the next five years to accelerate vehicle electrification.

The new electrification strategy, called Nissan Ambition 2030, is a roadmap on how the company plans to meet its goals by the end of the decade, according to Bloomberg.

The Japanese automaker will launch 23 new electrified models by 2030, including 15 new electric vehicles.

Nissan has been ramping up its EV ambitions and announced plans to build a $1.4 billion hub to manufacture battery-powered cars in the UK. 

The Yokohama-based carmaker plans to further increase its global battery production capacity to 130 gigawatt-hours by 2030.

It will launch an EV equipped with a solid-state battery by 2028, the company said.

By 2024, a pilot plant for solid-state batteries will be operational in Yokohama, with mass production expected to start by 2028. 

According to Nissan, next-generation batteries are key to achieving cost parity between EV and gasoline vehicles. 

Over the next decade, global EV sales are projected to rise above 10 million a year from around 1 million today. 

Nissan also plans for EVs to account for more than 75 percent of sales in Europe, 55 percent in Japan, and 40 percent in China by 2026.

It plans to have EVs reach 40 percent of sales in the US in 2030. 


Aramco to spend $68bn to develop its giant Jafurah gas field

Aramco to spend $68bn to develop its giant Jafurah gas field
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Aramco to spend $68bn to develop its giant Jafurah gas field

Aramco to spend $68bn to develop its giant Jafurah gas field

Dhahran: Aramco is spending $68 billion to develop its giant unconventional gas field Jafurah, the company's CEO said in media briefing at the firm's headquarter in Dhahran. 

Responding to Arab News' question on the cost of the project, Amin Nasser stated that the first phase will cost $24 billion and will be completed by end if 2024, early 2025.

The second phase, he added, will cost $44 billion and will add up to 2 billion standard cubic feet per day of sales gas, and around 600,000 barrels per day of condensates — a very light type crude oil.


Orascom Construction eyes 25% stake in Egypt’s first hydrogen plant

Orascom Construction eyes 25% stake in Egypt’s first hydrogen plant
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Orascom Construction eyes 25% stake in Egypt’s first hydrogen plant

Orascom Construction eyes 25% stake in Egypt’s first hydrogen plant

RIYADH: Cairo-based Orascom Construction could acquire a 25 percent share in Egypt's first hydrogen plant announced last Wednesday, its CEO told Al Arabiya.

The plant is expected to start operation in 2014, Osama Bishai said.

Orascom joined the Green Hydrogen Consortium with Fertiglobe, Norway’s Scatec and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt to develop the first Egyptian green hydrogen production facility.

The production plant will consist of 100 MW PEM electrolyzer, ranked as world’s largest standalone electrolyzer and the first in Egypt, according to the company’s statement.


Real estate loans to retail customers up 7.3% in Q3: Saudi Central Bank

Real estate loans to retail customers up 7.3% in Q3: Saudi Central Bank
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Real estate loans to retail customers up 7.3% in Q3: Saudi Central Bank

Real estate loans to retail customers up 7.3% in Q3: Saudi Central Bank

Real estate loans made to Saudi individuals increased by 7.2 percent to hit SR412.6 billion ($110 billion) in the third quarter of this year, data from the Saudi Central Bank showed. 

Saudi banks lent SR533.4 billion in real estate loans to both retail and corporate customers in Q3, while finance companies lent a much lower SR25.4 billion.

The value of residential mortgage financing provided by banks to Saudi individuals  fell to SR11.8 billion in October, down from both the previous month and the same period in 2020. 

The number of contracts for these deals, however, increased to 23,899 contracts in October, SAMA data revealed. This reflected a 3.4 percent uptick from September’s level.

On the other hand, total contracts for residential mortgages were numbered at a higher 25,483 in October 2020. Their value was SR12.1 billion.

In particular, new residential mortgages for houses amounted to SR9.1 billion in October. Meanwhile, new bank loans used to finance the purchases of apartments by individuals were valued at SR2.3 billion in the same month.

These mortgages are used by individuals to finance the purchases of houses and apartments.