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Saudi Arabia is celebrating one of the biggest foreign-investment windfalls in its history after netting more than $12 billion by selling off a stake in the oil pipelines that traverse the desert kingdom.But the country may also be facing an uncomfortable reality as a result. As carefully cultivated relationships with firms such as BlackRock Inc. and SoftBank Group Corp. have yet to draw in the desired investment, it’s turning to the jewels of its energy industry to attract new money.
Saudi Arabian energy company ACWA Power has announced the opening of a utility-scale solar renewable energy project in the country. The 300MW Sakaka PV independent power producer (IPP), which was built with an investment of SAR1.2bn ($319m), was inaugurated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Salman said: “The private sector plays a fundamental role in the development of renewable energy projects in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco is betting on an Asian-led rebound in energy demand this year after it reported a steep slide in net profit for 2020 on Sunday and scaled back its spending plans.The world’s largest oil exporter said net profit fell 44.4% to 183.76 billion riyals ($49 billion) for the year ended Dec. 31, from 330.69 billion riyals a year earlier.
New Delhi: India’s state refiners are considering purchasing fewer barrels from Saudi Arabia in May after the OPEC ignored New Delhi’s call for higher supplies to calm international crude oil prices.Weaker demand due to increasing Covid-19 cases or regular maintenance shutdowns may also contribute to lower purchase from Saudi Arabia in May, they said.
The United States overtook Saudi Arabia as India's second biggest oil supplier last month, as refiners boosted cheaper U.S. crude purchases to record levels and to offset supply cuts from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC+), data from trade sources showed.
Oil surged above $71 a barrel in Asian trading after Saudi Arabia said the world’s largest crude terminal was attacked, although output appeared to be unaffected after the missiles and drones were intercepted. Futures in London jumped as much as 2.6% at the open after rising 4.9% last week. The attacks follow a recent escalation of hostilities in the Middle East region after Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a series of attacks on Saudi Arabia.
Brent crude futures jumped above $70 a barrel on Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, while U.S. crude touched its highest in more than two years, following reports of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.Despite fast-rising crude prices, Saudi Arabia's oil minister has voiced doubts on demand recovery.
Saudi Arabia raised pricing for its crude for shipment to Asia and the U.S. next month after OPEC+ extended oil supply constraints, pointing to a tightening physical market. State oil producer Saudi Aramco increased pricing for Arab Light crude for Asia, its largest regional market, by 40 cents a barrel to $1.40 more than the benchmark. Aramco raised all other pricing to Asia, except for its Heavy crude which remained unchanged.
As governments and industries seek less-polluting alternatives to hydrocarbons, the world’s biggest crude exporter doesn’t want to cede the burgeoning hydrogen business to China, Europe or Australia. So it’s building a $5 billion plant powered entirely by sun and wind that will be among the world’s biggest green hydrogen makers when it opens in the planned megacity of Neom in 2025.
Saudi Arabia narrowly beat Russia to hold onto the title of the single largest oil supplier to the world's biggest oil importer, China, in 2020.For most of last year, Saudi Arabia and Russia, were head-to-head in a very close race. In the end, Saudi Arabia edged past Russia, shipping on average 1.69 million barrels per day of oil to China.
Oil prices rose on Wednesday to their highest since February 2020 after Saudi Arabia agreed to reduce output more than expected in a meeting with allied producers, while industry figures showed U.S. crude stockpiles were down last week. Brent crude rose as much as nearly 1% to $54.09 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures reached $50.24 a barrel.
On Monday, oil prices climbed on the back of hopes of improvement in fuel demand after vaccine rollout. However, tanker explosion in Saudi Arabia capped the gains of the session. Brent went up bu 0.8% and was traded at $50.35 a barrel. WTI increased by 0.7% and was traded at $46.89 a barrel.
Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure-Saudi Aramco was attacked by a missile on a fuel depot in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. The authorities assured for no human casualties as well no oil products were lost. Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack. The strike was condemned by Saudi Arabia, stating-"terrorist and sabotage acts committed against vital installations target the security and stability of energy supplies to the world."
Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer is now eyeing to become a leader in hydrogen export. In order to secure its role as an energy supplier even to countries who are cutting down their carbon generating fuels, the former is going to produce more blue hydrogen and also plans to generate green hydrogen (hydrogen from solar power) both of which are pivotal for curbing climate change.
Oil prices fell on Monday. Brent crude was at $42.04 a barrel, down 62 cents, the lowest since July 30. U.S. WTI crude skidded 63 cents, to $39.14 a barrel, the lowest since July 10. The prices fell as Saudi Arabia made the deepest monthly price cuts for supply to Asia in five months and uncertainty over China’s oil demand cloud the oil market’s recovery.
Saudi Aramco has discovered two new oil and gas fields in the northern regions. The new Abraq al-Toloul oil field in the northern city of Arar, flows with a daily rate of 3,189 bpd, along with 3.5 million cubic feet of natural gas. Hadabat al Hajara gas field in the al-Jof region has a daily production rate of 16 million cubic feet of natural gas, along with 1944 bpd of oil condensate
Aramco reported a 73.4% fall in second-quarter net profit, a steeper drop than analysts had forecast, and it expected capital expenditure for 2020 to be at the lower end of a $25 billion to $30 billion range. But the company is sticking with the plan to pay $75 billion in dividends this year. Net profit fell to 24.6 billion riyals for the quarter to June 30 from 92.6 billion riyals a year earlier.
Shelf Drilling has received a notification from Saudi Aramco that operations of the jackup High Island IV will be suspended for a period of up to 12 months. The suspension, at a zero-day rate, will take effect on completion of work currently in progress: the term of the contract will be extended by a period equal to the suspension period, Shelf Drilling added.