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Saudi Aramco IPO will take place within two years, Okaz reports

Saudi Aramco IPO will take place within two years, Okaz reports


Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producing company, plans to sell a five per cent stake as originally planned, within the next two years, Saudi Arabia's Okaz newspaper reported, citing the country’s energy minister.

Saudi Arabia is exporting up to 10 million barrels per day of oil and its by-products, Khalid Al Falih said, according to the remarks published on Thursday.

Dhahran-based Aramco delayed its initial public offering slated for this year as it builds up its petrochemical portfolio and gets ready for the flotation.

The company is currently in talks with the country’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, to buy a 70 per cent stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp or Sabic, the Middle East’s biggest petrochemical producer.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the driving force behind the kingdom's economic overhaul, has said Aramco's listing will take place by 2021, valuing the company at around $2 trillion (Dh7.34 trillion).

Saudi Aramco, which produces and sells crude on behalf of the kingdom has begun to increasingly deploy resources towards developing integrated refining and chemicals schemes at home as well as abroad, as it looks to earn more from the sale of products, which have large markets in Asia.

The company has made strategic strides abroad, notably in the downstream sector where it joined hands with state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to invest in a $44bn integrated refining and chemicals complex on the western coast of India along with a group of state-backed domestic refiners.

Adnoc and Aramco also forged a pact last November to explore joint investments in LNG and natural gas.

Aramco is also in the process of developing a large-scale downstream complex in India.


Source: The National

Published: 07-03-2019

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