Aramco, TotalEnergies launch retail network in Saudi Arabia

Aramco, TotalEnergies launch retail network in Saudi Arabia
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Updated 25 October 2021

Aramco, TotalEnergies launch retail network in Saudi Arabia

Aramco, TotalEnergies launch retail network in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Aramco and French firm TotalEnergies have launched the first two service stations of their joint retail network in Riyadh and Saihat, the companies announced in a statement. 

The inauguration builds on the pair’s joint venture to “upgrade a network of 270 service stations and expand the range of quality retail services” in the Kingdom, which was signed in 2019. 

“As the Kingdom scales up tourism projects, we can expect domestic travel to increase, along with demand for hospitality and travel services,” Amin Nasser, president and chief executive officer of Aramco, said.

The service stations will operate under both brands, the statement read, and will include fuel refilling, convenience stories, and other automotive services like car wash and oil change. 

TotalEnergies stations will have a branded cafe called Bonjour Cafer, while Aramco stations will house Fai Cafe. 

All stations will be equipped with solar panels, the statement added. 


SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021
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SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

RIYADH/MOSCOW: Annual growth in total credit provided to small and medium enterprises by Saudi banks slowed in the third quarter of 2021 to 12.9 percent from 25.3 percent in the previous quarter, the Saudi Central Bank report issued on Sunday showed.
Loans given to SMEs reached SR186.2 billion ($49.6 billion) in the third quarter of 2021 compared to SR165 billion in the same quarter a year ago.
A descending trend in quarterly growth rates has also been observed as the value of SME lending increased by just 0.8 percent in the third quarter of 2021, the lowest quarterly rate of growth recorded since the fourth quarter of 2019.
In addition, lending to SMEs from finance companies totaled SR14.2 billion in the third quarter of 2021 compared to SR13.5 billion in the previous quarter. It was also higher than last year’s SR10.8 billion in the same period.


Indian crypto unicorn plans IPO

Indian crypto unicorn plans IPO
Updated 5 min 45 sec ago

Indian crypto unicorn plans IPO

Indian crypto unicorn plans IPO

RIYADH: India's first unicorn cryptocurrency, CoinDCX, plans to list on the stock market  as soon as government regulations allow.

The share sale will be a major vote of confidence in India's digital asset industry, similar to the Coinbase listing earlier this year, co-founder Neeraj Khandelwal said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

“As soon as the government or wider situation allows us, we will try for an IPO (initial public offering),” he said.

“An IPO gives legitimacy to the industry, just like the Coinbase IPO gave a lot of confidence in the crypto markets. Similarly we want to instill a similar level of confidence with an IPO of CoinDCX.”

Khandelwal said the company will decide an exact timeline depending on the incoming government regulations.

“We certainly will look at that in order to grow the industry further,” he added.


TASI closes 0.2% higher at 10,811 points

TASI closes 0.2% higher at 10,811 points
Updated 27 min 51 sec ago

TASI closes 0.2% higher at 10,811 points

TASI closes 0.2% higher at 10,811 points

RIYADH: The Saudi stock market ended the session on Monday up 0.2 percent, or 23 points, to close at 10,811 points.

Some 189 million shares changed hands in 355,000 deals, with heavy trading in Al Rajhi bank, Alinma Bank, SABIC. 

Saudi Enaya and Amana Insurance were among the top gainers.

Saudi Kayan, Advanced and Petrochem also rose by between 3 and 6 percent. 

The market's increase today was also influenced by a 0.9 percent rise in Al Rajhi bank shares, while Riyad bank rose by 1.9 percent to SR135 ($36). SABIC Agri-Nutrients was up by 4.45 percent. 

Baazeem and Maadaniyah were the top fallers, losing more than 6 percent.

Saudi Basic Industries declined 1 percent to close at SR111.20.

Savola, Almarai, eXtra and Al Kathiri fell between 1 and 3 percent.

Qassim Cement closed at SR77.90, down 1 percent after the end of the eligibility for cash dividends.

The parallel Nomu index was down 42.3 points, or 0.19 percent, closing at 22,331.94 points after traded 2.7 million shares. 


Indonesia needs additional $148bn to limit carbon emissions 

Indonesia needs additional $148bn to limit carbon emissions 
Updated 29 November 2021

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
Updated 29 November 2021

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.