Saudi EXIM to boost average annual export financing to $7bn by 2026

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Updated 04 June 2022

Saudi EXIM to boost average annual export financing to $7bn by 2026

Saudi EXIM to boost average annual export financing to $7bn by 2026
  • As part of its strategic five-year plan designed to run from 2022 to 2026, the bank will facilitate Saudi Arabia’s non-oil exports to reach global markets by closing financing gaps and reducing export risks

JEDDAH: In a bid to encourage non-oil exports in the country, Saudi Export-Import Bank, also known as Saudi EXIM, has planned to boost its annual financing to SR26 billion ($7 billion) by 2026.

As part of its strategic five-year plan designed to run from 2022 to 2026, the bank will facilitate Saudi Arabia’s non-oil exports to reach global markets by closing financing gaps and reducing export risks.

“Having a strategic direction is essential to ensure a comprehensive plan to reach our objectives in supporting Saudi exports,” Saad Alkhalb, CEO of Saudi EXIM, told Arab News.

The strategy focuses on key performance indicators that will identify process gaps that can affect compliance and measure the progress of export companies.

It will develop an economic impact model that will include service development policies, local and international outreach programs, cooperation framework for commercial banks and other financial institutions.

According to Akhalb, the industrial sector remains the most important beneficiary under the strategy, with industries such as steel, petrochemicals, and plastics requiring a lot of financing.

“We are already seeing the impact because we have been applying it on a short-term basis. Now we have a long-term plan until 2026,” he added.

The bank recently signed a cooperation agreement with UK Export Finance to help the UK and Saudi businesses secure export contracts.

The agreement provides a general framework that will enable the two agencies to combine their financial support to help the UK and Saudi businesses secure international deals.

The partnership will support the exports from the Kingdom by opening doors for suppliers from the region to contribute to international projects.

“Saudi Arabia is diversifying its exports capability intensely as part of Vision 2030 strategy. The two countries are already working closely together to strengthen trade ties to support the export growth,” said Akhalb.

Saudi EXIM also approved loans worth over SR5.5 billion during the first quarter of 2022 to boost Saudi exports and help diversify the national economy.

Established in Feb. 2020, the bank provides export financing, guarantees, credit insurance and other services to bolster confidence in foraying into new markets.


Saudi Arabia raises the bar in green hydrogen production: KAPSARC

Saudi Arabia raises the bar in green hydrogen production: KAPSARC
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Saudi Arabia raises the bar in green hydrogen production: KAPSARC

Saudi Arabia raises the bar in green hydrogen production: KAPSARC

RIYADH: Given its resources, infrastructure and land, Saudi Arabia is placed at a very competitive position in the green hydrogen industry, especially in terms of cost and volume capacity of the product, according to Rami Shabaneh, a King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center researcher.

Global prices of hydrogen range between $2 and $7 per kg. The Kingdom falls at the lower end of the cost curve due to low natural gas and renewable electricity prices locally.

“In Saudi Arabia, it is much lower because of the low-cost resources and high capacity factors the electrolyzers can achieve. A recent study by KAPSARC shows that reaching $1 per kg is plausible in the long term,” Shabaneh told Arab News.

“Other countries can achieve a similar levelized cost of hydrogen production, but only a few can produce the volumes required to meet the decarbonization targets,” he added.

The cost of green hydrogen is highly sensitive to renewable electricity costs and electrolyzer load factors.

“The renewable energy prices in the Kingdom are some of the lowest in the world. An auction price accepted at $10.4 per MWh is a world record low right now,” he said.

KAPSARC analyzes the resource, export and cost reduction potential of Saudi Arabia’s hydrogen production.

According to Shabaneh, despite significant decreases in hydrogen costs, the world still needs supporting mechanisms for hydrogen to substitute for traditional fuels in some sectors.

He further pointed out that having fossil fuels in the Kingdom’s energy system does not necessarily mean more emissions.

“You can still use fossil fuels to make blue hydrogen with high capture rates of GHG emissions,” he said.

Saudi Arabia is building a $5 billion green hydrogen project in NEOM, powered by renewable energy, to supply 650 tons of carbon-free hydrogen daily. The plant will see its first production in 2026.

The project will export hydrogen in the form of liquid ammonia to the world market for use as a biofuel that feeds transportation systems.

The plant will need around 4.3 gigawatts of clean energy to power it, as ACWA Power, one of three project owners, plans to use solar during the day and wind at night to eliminate the need for batteries and expensive storage solutions.

 


Abu Dhabi power transmission project secures $3.2bn financing

Abu Dhabi power transmission project secures $3.2bn financing
Updated 29 September 2022

Abu Dhabi power transmission project secures $3.2bn financing

Abu Dhabi power transmission project secures $3.2bn financing

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Offshore Power Transmission Company has secured more than $3.2 billion in financing with export credit agencies and banks for an offshore electricity transmission project, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation said in a statement.

The financing is to build and operate a high-voltage direct current offshore power transmission system linking two offshore production facilities owned by state-controlled oil giant Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to Abu Dhabi’s onshore grid.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation provided $1.201 billion for the direct current transmission project. The remaining $2 billion was financed by Export-Import Bank of Korea, Mizuho, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, BNP Paribas Fortis and Standard Chartered, JBIC said in the statement on Wednesday.

“The project will receive payment of power transmission charges from ADNOC for 35 years after the construction has been completed,” JBIC said.

ADNOC and JBIC signed a memorandum of understanding in November to cooperate on decarbonization, energy transmission and energy efficiency.

JBIC said the project was in line with the United Arab Emirates’ commitment in October last year to cut carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050.


OPEC+ has begun talks on output cut for Oct. 5 meeting, source tells Reuters

OPEC+ has begun talks on output cut for Oct. 5 meeting, source tells Reuters
Updated 29 September 2022

OPEC+ has begun talks on output cut for Oct. 5 meeting, source tells Reuters

OPEC+ has begun talks on output cut for Oct. 5 meeting, source tells Reuters

DUBAI: Leading members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, known as OPEC+, have begun discussions about an oil output cut when the group meets on Oct. 5, according to Reuters.

One OPEC source told Reuters a cut is “likely” and two other OPEC+ sources said key members had spoken about the topic. 

A source familiar with Russian thinking told Reuters earlier this week that Moscow could suggest a cut of up to 1 million barrels per day.

The latest comments suggest that key OPEC members have started communicating over the matter, although the volume of any potential cut is still unclear.

Next week’s meeting takes place against a backdrop of falling oil prices from multi-year highs hit in March, and severe market volatility.

OPEC+, which combines OPEC countries and allies such as Russia, agreed a small oil output cut of 100,000 barrels a day at its September meeting to bolster prices.

Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia flagged in August the possibility of output cuts to address market volatility. 

Also at the group’s last meeting, OPEC+ members agreed to stick to their forecasts for robust global oil demand growth in 2022 and 2023, citing signs that major economies were faring better than expected despite headwinds such as surging inflation.

Oil demand will increase by 3.1 million barrels per day in 2022 and by 2.7 million bpd in 2023, unchanged from last month, OPEC said in its monthly report.

 


TASI extends gain as global recession fears fizzle out: Opening bell

TASI extends gain as global recession fears fizzle out: Opening bell
Updated 29 September 2022

TASI extends gain as global recession fears fizzle out: Opening bell

TASI extends gain as global recession fears fizzle out: Opening bell

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main index rose in early trade on Thursday, extending gains from the previous session as investors brushed off fears of a global recession.

The Tadawul All-Share Index grew 1.22 percent to reach 11,306, while the parallel market Nomu started flat at 19,922, as of 10:08 a.m. Saudi time.

Saudi oil giant Aramco began with a 1.29 percent gain, while Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. climbed 1.15 percent.

The Saudi National Bank, the Kingdom’s largest lender, increased by 1.46 percent, while Saudi British Bank rose 4.18 percent.

The Kingdom’s highest valued bank, Al Rajhi, went up 0.88 percent, while Alinma Bank gained 1.57 percent.

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. rose 0.34 percent, as it announced the resignation of its CEO Yousef Al-Benyan to serve as Education Minister, and appointed Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh as acting CEO.

Retal Urban Development Co. fell 0.14 percent, after it sold its 50 percent stake in a land plot in Al Khobar for SR113 million ($30 million).

Arriyadh Development Co. added 0.29 percent, after it declared a cash dividend of SR0.25 per share for the first half of 2022.

Ladun Investment Co. gained 0.78 percent, after it completed the process of acquiring raw lands in Riyadh.


Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday
Updated 29 September 2022

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main index ended higher for a second session following a sharp drop earlier in the week sparked by economic concerns.

The Tadawul All-Share Index rose 1.39 percent to reach 11,120 at the end of Wednesday, while the parallel market Nomu rose 1 percent to 19,916.

Abu Dhabi’s main followed the Saudi trend to close 0.4 percent up to 9,740 on Wednesday.

In a different direction, Dubai’s and Kuwait’s indexes ended Wednesday in red, shedding 0.9 percent and 1.51 percent, respectively.

In energy trading, Brent crude traded at $88.35 a barrel and WTI crude reached $81.34 a barrel, as of 9:15 a.m. Saudi time.

Stock news

Yousef Al-Benyan, the CEO of SABIC, has resigned after being appointed Minister of Education by Royal Decree; accordingly, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh was appointed as acting CEO for six months effective Sep. 28, 2022.

Saudi Azm for Communication and Information Technology Co. reported SR19 million ($5 million) in profit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, an increase of 23 percent.

Alkhorayef Water and Power Technologies Co. raised credit facilities with Saudi British Bank to SR509 million.

Sumou Real Estate Co. signed an agreement with National Housing Co. to develop an area in Dammam for a total of SR305 million.

Leen Alkhair Trading Co. was approved by the Capital Markets Authority to register and offer 958,750 shares on the Nomu-Parallel Market.

Meshkati Trading Co. received approval from the CMA to offer 900,000 shares on the Nomu-Parallel Market.

Arriyadh Development Co. has declared a cash dividend of SR0.25 per share for the first half of 2022.

National Fertilizer Co. will distribute an interim cash dividend of SR1.5 to shareholders in the first half of 2022.

Retal Urban Development Co. has sold its 50 percent stake in a land plot in Al-Khobar for SR113 million.

Ladun Investment Co. said it completed the process of acquiring raw lands in Riyadh.