|17 November, 2019

Saudi APICORP acquires 24% stake in Kuwait's Al Khorayef United Holding

This is Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation first equity investment in Kuwait

A Saudi man stands in front of a screen as another inspects stock prices at ANB Bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 16, 2019. Image for illustrative purposes.

A Saudi man stands in front of a screen as another inspects stock prices at ANB Bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 16, 2019. Image for illustrative purposes.

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KUWAIT CITY - Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution, announced its first equity investment in Kuwait with the acquisition of a 24% equity stake in Al Khorayef United Holding and GC- 16 JV (“AKUH”), a leading Kuwaitbased oil and gas services and facilities management company.

The investment will see APICORP partnering with Al Khorayef Petroleum Company (“APC”), a subsidiary of Saudi-based Al Khorayef Group, and United Oil Projects (“UOP”) Kuwait, which also own stakes in AKUH. Dr Ahmed Attiga, CEO of APICORP, said: “We are pleased to mark our first equity investment in Kuwait, one of our member countries. We hope to enhance oil production and processing capabilities and encourage further investments, in line with the country’s long-term strategic vision for the sector. Working closely with our partners, we will look to broaden AKUH’s future growth prospects.

“APICORP has long partnered with Kuwait in supporting investments abroad – including in Oman and Vietnam. This strategic acquisition is a vote of confidence in the strength of the oil and gas services sector in Kuwait, and we will continue to support Kuwait’s private sector across the broader energy spectrum,” Dr Attiga added. Sheikh Saad Al Khorayef, Chairman of Al Khorayef Petroleum Company and Al Khorayef Group, said: “This investment reflects the confidence that our partners have in Al Khorayef Group and our abilities in nurturing and operating successful businesses like AKUH. We look forward to leveraging APICORP’s regional expertise and experience in creating further value and growth, as well as exploring other potential partnership opportunities in the near future.”

Muhaiman Al Behbehani, Vice- Chairman & CEO of United Oil Projects, said: “Kuwait’s energy sector is rapidly developing in line with its energy sector vision 2040 to not only maintain production, but also substantially increase the production capacity. AKUH, a strategic investment of UOP, provides essential services in maintaining and enhancing hydrocarbon production and is a key player in the Kuwaiti oil and gas sector.”

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