Monday , December 17 2018

Aramco CEO says size of share offering yet to be decided

Haradh, SAUDI ARABIA:  A general view shows a new plant inaugurated 22 March 2006 in Haradh, about 280 kms (170 miles) southwest of the eastern Saudi oil city of Dhahran, launching a project adding 300,000 barrels of oil to the kingdom's daily production capacity. The facility which was opened today in a ceremony attended by Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi was completed in January, ahead of schedule, the company said. Approximately 160 kms (100 miles) of new pipeline and extensions will transport crude and gas products to processing facilities further north in the Eastern Province, a statement said. Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude producer and exporter, currently pumps around 9.5 million bpd of oil and has a production capacity of around 11 million bpd.  AFP PHOTO/STR  (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)


Saudi Arabian Oil Co. is still waiting for a decision on how many of
its shares will be offered to the
public, or where the listing will be made outside of the kingdom,
according to Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser.
The shares will definitely be listed in Saudi Arabia’s market known as Tadawul, Nasser told reporters on Monday at a conference in Abu Dhabi. The UK, Hong Kong and US are competing for the international listing. “We are ready for all different stock exchanges, we are prepared and ready,” Nasser said. “There’s definitely going to be a listing on Tadawul.” The decision on how much to list is being reviewed, he said.
The Saudi Aramco initial public offering could be the world’s largest, with the Saudi government initially hoping to raise $100 billion selling about 5 percent of the company. It is the centerpiece of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform plan, intended to diversify the kingdom’s economy and invest more heavily in infrastructure. Even if Aramco raises $50 billion, it would still be double the current largest IPO, the $25 billion raised by China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in 2014.
Aramco plans to invest close to $300 billion, mostly on upstream oil and gas projects, in the next 10 years, both in and out of Saudi Arabia, Nasser said. The company will expand refining capacity from 5 million barrels a day to 8 to 10 million barrels, he said, without giving a timeframe. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., the UAE state oil producer, is also expanding refining capacity, by at least 60 percent, Chief Executive Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said at the same conference.

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