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|13 December, 2018

US group NESR to build hitech facility in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Aramco will be incharge of the development, operation, management and maintenance of the project's infrastructure

Security guards stand in front of heavy machinery of Caterpillar at Bauma China, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery in Shanghai, China November 27, 2018. Image for illustrative purposes.

Security guards stand in front of heavy machinery of Caterpillar at Bauma China, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery in Shanghai, China November 27, 2018. Image for illustrative purposes.

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National Energy Services Reunited Corporation (NESR), a leading provider of integrated energy services in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, said it has signed a land lease agreement with Saudi Aramco to build a state of the art operating facility in the newly launched King Salman Energy Park (Spark).

A major player in the regional oilfield services, NESR is headquartered in Houston, US. The company started out as special purpose acquisition corporation designed to invest in the oilfield services space globally in May last year.

In November, NESR announced the acquisition of two most prominent oilfield services companies in the Mena region: Gulf Energy SAOC (GES) and National Petroleum Services (NPS).

The formation of NESR as an operating entity was completed in June this year, after the transactions were approved by Securities and Exchange Commission in United States and NESR shareholders respectively.

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The recently-launhed Spark is a 50-sq-km energy city which will position Saudi Arabia as a global energy, industrial and technology hub.

Saudi Aramco will be incharge of the development, operation, management and maintenance of the project's infrastructure in partnership with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (Modon).

Spark's role in enabling localisation within the kingdom's energy supply chain aligns with the strategic goals of Saudi Aramco's In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) program and affirms the kingdom's commitment to Vision 2030 by serving as an economic catalyst and advancing Saudi Arabia's strong position in the global energy sector.

Dr Mohammed Y Al Qahtani, the senior VP for Upstream, Saudi Aramco, said: ''Spark will emerge as a key enabler for Saudi Aramco's IKTVA programme which has a mission to raise local content to 70 per cent by 2021."

"Presently, the Kingdom's requirement for energy-related industries is growing and requires dedicated industrial development focused on the energy sector and Spark will provide for the development of a world-class energy industry hub to support the same,'' stated the top official.

Dr Al Qahtani said: ''We're looking forward to collaborating with NESR, one of our first anchor partners at Spark, and are very encouraged to see NESR take a leading role in developing the energy infrastructure of the kingdom and the larger region at such an early stage of its journey.''

When operational, Spark is estimated to contribute more than $6 billion to the Kingdom's GDP annually and create up to 100,000 direct and indirect jobs.

NESR Chairman and CEO Sherif Foda said: "We are very honoured to be given the opportunity by Saudi Aramco to be part of this endeavor at its inception. NESR has considerable experience in local manufacturing and indigenizing the supply chain which is already being implemented in the kingdom."

"This new facility shall be NESR's flagship operating facility in the Kingdom and will host all our product lines as well as that of our technical partners. I would like to thank Saudi Aramco for reposing their faith in us and as a local company, we are very proud of our contributions to the kingdom's energy industry and look forward to amplifying our efforts in this regard," added Foda.-TradeArabia News Service

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