13 November 2015
DHAHRAN: Saudi Aramco
, the world's leading integrated energy and chemicals company, and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group signed a general memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly collaborate on business development opportunities in Saudi Arabia. Amin H. Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco and Ki-sun Chung, senior vice president of HHI Corporate Planning, presided over the signing ceremony. They were accompanied by Jeong-Hwan Kim, COO of HHI Shipbuilding, and Cheul-ho Park, COO of HHI IP&E (industrial plant and engineering).
The MoU lays out a comprehensive, multi-faceted business cooperation framework in areas such as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), downstream, and the development of a casting and forging facility. The MoU also covers the development of a world class maritime yard and the advancement of maritime diesel engine manufacturing in Saudi Arabia. The strategic collaboration discussion was initiated when Saudi Aramco's board of directors visited HHI's Ulsan complex in April 2015. Elaborating on the partnership, Nasser said: "Our two companies are global leaders in our respective industries and the MoU cements a strategic relationship between us, with business flourishing on both sides.
The partnership will add greater value to the Kingdom's economy, boost our localization efforts and help create jobs for Saudi nationals." Chung said: "The partnership between the two industrial behemoths not only means a great opportunity to enhance Korea's shipbuilding and EPC businesses, but also extends Hyundai Groups' contribution to the Kingdom stretching back to the 1970s when it was awarded a contract to develop the Jubail port (King Fahd industrial port) project." Chung said: "This signing is significant as it provides the potential for the creation of another Jubail that creates tremendous growth opportunities for HHI in Saudi Arabia."
Saudi Aramco has championed the development of a comprehensive maritime yard within Ras Al-Khair, in coordination with the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) and HHI as potential partners. The yard will leverage the companies' expanding offshore business to accelerate localization efforts of the Kingdom's young and promising maritime industry and its associated supply chain. The collaborative partnership also extends to opportunities in areas such as: EPC, downstream opportunities and electric equipment manufacturing. The two companies agreed to further explore other collaboration opportunities as they arise. It is Saudi Aramco's and HHI's common view, that this strategic alliance enables the two companies to meet growing demand in the Middle East in various new business areas.
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