Aramco to Launch Energy Industrial City in 2021

Aramco to Launch Energy Industrial City in 2021Aramco to Launch Energy Industrial City in 2021

State oil firm Saudi Aramco said the first phase of a new energy industrial city in Saudi Arabia will be completed in 2021.

Last week, the Saudi government said it approved Aramco's plans to set up two new companies that will develop and operate the new city as the kingdom seeks to expand its industrial base, Reuters reported.

The city, which will be developed over 50 square kilometers of land allocated for energy-related industries, will complete its first phase that covers almost 12 square km by that date, Aramco said in a statement late on Saturday.

The city will be located between Dammam and Ahsa, at the heart of energy operations, the statement said. An earlier report said the city will be close to Abqaiq, which is in the middle of Dammam and Ahsa. Ghawar, the world's largest onshore oilfield, is near Ahsa.

The Saudi Industrial Property Authority, known as Modon, which develops industrial cities in Saudi Arabia has started to lay out plans and programs with Aramco to develop and operate the city, the statement added.

The top oil exporter is trying to lower oil dependence and build up new industries to speed up job creation for a rapidly rising young population.

It plans to list in stock markets up to 5% of its shares in Aramco, which will help it invest in other sectors to generate more revenue streams. "The city is expected to add 22.5 billion riyals ($6 billion) to gross domestic product each year and create thousands of jobs," Khalid al-Falih, the Saudi minister of energy and chairman of Saudi Aramco, was quoted as saying.

He did not give a date for when the project will contribute to GDP.

It will support Aramco's operations, cut costs of products and services, and meet the needs of the company's operations, the statement said. It will also provide drilling, exploration and production services and pipe manufacturing.

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