Algeria’s natural gas exports to Italy expected to soar by 20% in 2022

Algeria’s natural gas exports to Italy expected to soar by 20% in 2022
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Updated 22 September 2022

Algeria’s natural gas exports to Italy expected to soar by 20% in 2022

Algeria’s natural gas exports to Italy expected to soar by 20% in 2022

RIYADH: Algeria’s natural gas exports to Italy are expected to increase by 20 percent to 25.2 billion cubic meters, as Europe moves to reduce its dependence on Russian imports. 

Toufik Hakkar, CEO of the African country’s state energy firm Sonatrach, said the supply prospects for Algeria in the Italian market are promising, Bloomberg reported.

Data from Italy’s gas network reveals that the country has bought 20.9 bcm of natural gas from Algeria in 2021. 

Hakkar revealed that additional volumes of gas to Italy will be delivered in the coming weeks. 

“Sonatrach reassures its Italian customers of its ability to supply the contracted volumes over the entire contract period,” said Hakkar. 

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, several European countries are looking for alternative energy suppliers. 

Last April, Italy entered into an agreement with Algeria to increase imports through the Trans-Med pipeline. 

In July, former Italian president Mario Draghi visited Algeria and requested for more gas supply, the report added.


UK discusses trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh meeting

UK discusses trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh meeting
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UK discusses trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh meeting

UK discusses trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh meeting

RIYADH: A UK delegation led by Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Vincent Keavney discussed trade and investment opportunities with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih during talks in Riyadh.

After the meeting, part of the ongoing UK-Gulf Cooperation Council free trade negotiations, Keavney said London’s expertise opens huge possibilities for the Kingdom as it seeks to diversify its economy away from oil as outlined in Vision 2030.

Keavney further noted that the UK already has a strong trade relationship with Saudi Arabia, and the investments made by the Public Investment Fund in Britain are fetching mutual benefits.

This is for the first time that Keavney is arriving in the Kingdom during his mayoralty, and his delegation of senior business leaders included Nicholas Lyons, chairman of the board at Phoenix Group and Sheriff of the City of London; Martin Gilbert, chairman of Toscafund, Revolut, and others; and Robert Cashmore, head of Institutional Funds Distribution, the Middle East at Octopus.

Prior to his visit to the Kingdom, Keavney, in an exclusive interview with Arab News, said that a free-trade agreement between the UK and the GCC will “significantly increase” their financial ties at a transformational moment for the global economy.

During the interview, Keavney pointed out that Saudi investment in Britain has already topped £65 billion ($69.36 billion) annually.

“Saudi Arabia has great transformational plans for its own economy, and the financial and professional services here in the UK have a huge amount to offer in helping implement and support this,” said Keavney.


Oil Updates — Crude climbs; Shell to invest in Malaysia oil; Genel Energy appoints new CEO

Oil Updates — Crude climbs; Shell to invest in Malaysia oil; Genel Energy appoints new CEO
Updated 03 October 2022

Oil Updates — Crude climbs; Shell to invest in Malaysia oil; Genel Energy appoints new CEO

Oil Updates — Crude climbs; Shell to invest in Malaysia oil; Genel Energy appoints new CEO

RIYADH: Oil prices jumped nearly 3 percent on Monday, as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, known as OPEC+, considers cutting output by more than 1 million barrels a day in what would be its biggest reduction since the pandemic.

Brent crude futures rebounded $2.44, or 2.87 percent, to $87.58 a barrel by 10.13 a.m Saudi time, after settling down 0.6 percent on Friday.

US West Texas Intermediate crude was also up 2.87 percent, or $2.40, at $81.89 a barrel, after the previous session’s loss of 2.1 percent.

Shell to invest in second Malaysia oil, gas project in a month

Shell announced a second investment in Malaysia’s oil and gas sector in a month as the major and its partners, including Petronas, aim to revive output in an environment of tight global supply.

Shell’s decisions come after the war in Ukraine disrupted Russian oil and gas supplies and boosted prices. Oil and gas producers in Asia are struggling to sustain output after years of under-investment in the sector as international companies scaled back to focus on exploration and production in Africa and the Americas.

Sabah Shell Petroleum Co, a Malaysian unit of Shell, said on Monday it will invest in phase 4 of the Gumusut-Kakap-Geronggong-Jagus East deepwater offshore development project along with its partners. No amounts were given.

The GKGJE phase 4 development is a subsea tie-back project that is expected to achieve first oil in late 2024, Shell Malaysia said in a statement.

Shell’s partners in the GKGJE project include ConocoPhillips Sabah Ltd., Petronas Carigali, Sabah Oil Limited, PT Pertamina Malaysia Eksplorasi Produksi and others.

Genel Energy appoints Weir as permanent CEO

Iraqi Kurdistan-focused oil firm Genel Energy appointed Paul Weir as its full-time CEO on Monday.

Weir, who previously served as the chief operating officer, was appointed as the interim CEO in June.

(With input from Reuters)


TASI gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting: Opening bell

TASI gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting: Opening bell
Updated 03 October 2022

TASI gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting: Opening bell

TASI gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting: Opening bell

RIYADH: The Saudi main index rose in Monday’s trading session as investors awaited the meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries Plus to be held later in the week.

The Tadawul All Share Index started the session 0.53 percent higher to reach 11,548; the parallel market Nomu started almost flat at 19,956, as of 10:06 a.m. Saudi time.

Saudi oil giant Aramco started with a 0.42 percent increase, while Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. was up 1.44 percent.

The Saudi National Bank, the Kingdom’s largest lender, added 1.12 percent, while Saudi British Bank increased by 2.12 percent.

The Kingdom’s most valued bank Al Rajhi gained 0.61 percent, while Alinma Bank gained 0.68 percent.

Mouwasat Medical Services Co. gained 0.69 percent, after completing the acquisition of 51 percent of Jeddah Doctors Co. in a SR102 million ($27 million) deal.

Najran Cement Co. grew 1.26 percent, after declaring cash dividends of SR0.25 per share to shareholders in the first half of 2022.

Leejam Sports Co. added 0.64 percent, following the opening of a new Ladies Xpress Fitness Center in Riyadh on Oc. 2, bringing the total number of its centers inside and outside the Kingdom to 154.


Credit Suisse fights for survival as default swaps hit highest level in 10 years

Credit Suisse fights for survival as default swaps hit highest level in 10 years
Updated 03 October 2022

Credit Suisse fights for survival as default swaps hit highest level in 10 years

Credit Suisse fights for survival as default swaps hit highest level in 10 years

RIYADH: Switzerland-based global investment bank and financial services firm Credit Suisse is fighting for its survival after the credit default swaps jumped 6 basis points to close to 247 basis points on Friday, the highest level in at least 10 years. 

According to a Financial Times report, Credit Suisse executives spent the weekend reassuring large clients, counterparties and investors and have requested less than 100 days to deliver a new turnaround strategy. 

Credit Suisse has been facing turbulence in the market for at least one year. In March 2021, the company had a market capitalization of 30 billion Swiss francs ($30.35 billion), while it is just 10 billion Swiss francs now. 

On Friday, Credit Suisse CEO Ulrich Koerner reassured staff that the bank has a strong capital base and told the employees that he will send regular updates on the progress until it announces its new strategic plan on Oct. 27. 

“I am conscious that there is lots of uncertainty and speculation both outside and within the company. While you will appreciate that I am unable to share details of our transformation plans before Oct. 27, I also want to make sure that you hear from me directly during this challenging period,” Korner told employees in a memo dated Sept. 30. 

According to a Bloomberg report, Credit Suisse is now busy finalizing plans that will likely see sweeping changes to its investment bank and may even result in cutting its workforce by thousands. 

Last week Credit Suisse revealed that it is considering a possible sale of some assets and business as part of its strategic plan. Bloomberg reported that the bank is eyeing selling its securitized products trading unit, and is weighing the sale of its Latin American wealth management operations excluding Brazil. 

The report added that Credit Suisse is also considering reviving the First Boston brand name. 


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

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday
Updated 03 October 2022

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

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

RIYADH: The Saudi main index ticked up in its first trading session of October as investor recession fears subsided.

The Tadawul All Share Index ended 0.72 percent higher to reach 11,487 on Sunday; the parallel market Nomu edged 0.34 percent higher to 19,939.

The main index of Oman also ended Sunday’s session in green, adding 1 percent. 

However, the remaining Gulf stock markets ended in the red, led by the main index of Kuwait which fell 2.7 percent, followed by the Qatari index dropping 1.2 percent.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt's blue-chip index fell 1 percent, with the majority of its stocks falling.

In the energy sector, Brent crude reached $87.57 per barrel, while WTI crude traded at $81.87 per barrel as of 9:16 a.m. Saudi time.

Stock news

Mouwasat Medical Services Co. has completed the acquisition of 51 percent of Jeddah Doctors Co. in a SR102 million ($27 million) deal.

Najran Cement Co. said it will distribute cash dividends of SR0.25 per share to shareholders in the first half of 2022.

Unitholders of Derayah Financial are set to receive SR0.16 per share in cash dividends for the third quarter of 2022.

Arab National Investment Co. has changed its name to ANB Capital Co. in compliance with Capital Market Law issued by Royal Decree.

Leejam Sports Co. opened a new Ladies Xpress Fitness Center in Riyadh on Oct. 2, bringing the total number of its centers inside and outside the Kingdom to 154. 

Sumou Real Estate Co. signed an agreement to develop an over 3 million square meter plot of land in Riyadh with Adeer Asar Real Estate Co.

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