• 2019 April 19 17:04

    Saudi Aramco partners with the Saudi Contractors Authority fostering collaboration at ‘Future Projects Forum’

    In his keynote address at the Future Projects Forum held recently in Riyadh, Senior vice president of Technical Services Ahmad A. Al Sa’adi notes that the Kingdom is already the Middle East’s largest market for contracting, and more growth is expected: “We are always keen to support and encourage contractors and manufacturers, and to provide opportunities for them to carry out work within the various projects conducted by Saudi Aramco in the oil or gas, petrochemical industries, energy projects, and infrastructure, as well as social participation projects.”

    More than 600 upcoming Saudi Arabia construction projects worth $130 billion (SR500 billion) were presented to approximately 1,500 contracting professionals at the Middle East’s first and largest contracting forum held in Riyadh recently.

    Saudi Aramco was an active participant, and one of several leading companies, as well as government organizations, presenting their contracting projects at the two-day “Future Projects Forum” that was organized by the Saudi Contractors Authority.

    Riyadh Governor HRH Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Al-Saud opened the event, which brought together investors, project owners, and contractors to exchange the latest information on the Kingdom’s future development projects, and other opportunities. The Prince praised the forum for helping to promote an integrated approach to achieving the country’s ambitions for the sector. Saudi Arabia, a G20 country, is considered the largest contracting market in the Middle East, with a total annual contracting value of $100 billion.

    With its long experience in managing mega-projects, Saudi Aramco is a well established major customer for contract companies, and senior vice president of Technical Services Ahmad A. Al Sa’adi delivered the forum’s keynote address.

    Describing the first-ever event as a significant platform for exploring future prospects, Al Sa’adi said the Kingdom was already the Middle East’s largest market for contracting, and this would increase with Saudi Arabia’s growth in industrial, service, and residential projects.

    Al Sa’adi said Saudi Aramco is currently implementing about 200 major projects through a selection of local and international contractors.

    Industry experts took part in presenting the sector’s growth and opportunities. Abdulah S. Al-Seflan, an engineer with the Project Management Office Department, presented on Saudi Aramco’s project management philosophy, its different processes and mechanisms. Contracts sourcing supervisor Nadeem Iqbal presented the available business opportunities with the company.

    Giving an overview of Saudi Aramco’s project portfolio for the next three years, Iqbal listed the projects in the oil and gas processing facilities, pipelines, power generation, offshore facilities, and civil infrastructure sectors, and presented the pre-qualification bid requirements for local construction contractors.

    One of 20 exhibitors at the forum, Saudi Aramco’s booth was visited by more than 350 contractors. Project Management Office Department general supervisor Emad Al-Johar said the team staffing the booth received many questions from contractors seeking advice on how to register with Saudi Aramco so they could bid on the company’s future projects.

    The company’s 2019-21 business plan covers approximately 190 projects to be awarded in the coming three years.




2019 December 7

16:55 USCG Cutter Steadfast returns to port after 60-day counter drug patrol
15:42 TEN announces charter extension for an LNG carrier
13:08 FMT and Indian Register of Shipping sign MOU on strategic cooperation
11:34 AET secures long-term DPST charter contracts with Shell
10:37 Titan LNG tenders for 8000 cbm LNG bunker barge

2019 December 6

18:11 Lithuania aims to ensure state management of „Rail Baltica“ infrastructure
17:55 More operative services of towboats in the Port of Klaipėda
17:28 Acceptance/delivery certificate for Kalas, first rescue tugboat of Project MPSV12
17:06 APM Terminals Gothenburg takes another major step in their journey towards climate neutrality
16:04 Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam MD receives Harbour Medal
15:57 Northern Sea Route cargo traffic totaled 27.59 million tonnes YTD, up almost 70% Y-o-Y
15:26 IAPH Women’s Forum’s initiative “Women in Ports Mentoring Program” now extended to female Harbour Masters
15:03 Seabourn brings a new experience to guests with unique “Bow Lounge”
14:22 Throughput of port Ventspils (Latvia) in 11M’19 grew by 4% to 19.47 million tonnes
14:03 The container terminal at the Port of Gothenburg to be fossil-free by 2020
13:05 Carnival Corporation's Costa Cruises welcomes LNG-powered Costa Smeralda to fleet
12:54 Yacht Zarya with Russian team wins ARC+St.Vicent 2019
12:23 UN maritime agency commits to further action on gender equality
12:01 Jan De Nul sets new sustainability standards for maintenance dredging works in the marinas of Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast
11:30 Canada Infrastructure Bank invests $300 million in Port of Montreal’s expansion project in Contrecoeur
11:20 Costa Smeralda delivered from Meyer Turku shipyard
11:02 Yang Ming sets up subsidiary in China
10:45 Largest Latvian transit companies represented at 2019 Russian Transport Week
10:17 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG Carriers
10:12 Joint Russian-Vietnamese exercise underway in Cam Ranh
09:59 MAN Energy Solutions and Orcan Energy agree to collaborate
09:49 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:36 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 06
09:30 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.44% to $63.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $58.23
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,575 points
08:31 DNV GL awards Hudong-Zhonghua AiP certificate for gas-fueled 25000 TEU containership design

2019 December 5

18:05 ABS, MAN & SDARI join forces to develop ammonia-fueled feeder vessel
17:46 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
17:21 Extraordinary general shareholders meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividend
17:05 NORDEN enters new biofuel collaboration with Kvasir Technologies
16:28 Cargo traffic on Northern Sea Route can grow to 160 million tonnes by 2035 – Aleksandr Krutikov
16:05 ABS and CATL sign battery research agreement
15:54 Port of HaminaKotka published its statistics for November 2019
15:30 Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and Arctic expects special economic regime to come into force in Arctic in 2020
15:03 DNV GL and Huangpu-Wenchong sign JDP on 5,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containership
14:49 Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries
14:33 IMO Assembly approved renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of UN body
14:06 Torqeedo powers all-electric harbour water clean-up boat
13:06 YILPORT Puerto Bolívar now operates with four mobile harbor cranes
12:44 Bunker prices increase at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 Norfolk, Virginia to host Port & Terminal Technology USA on 21-22 April 2020
12:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 05
12:08 Inmarsat launches Fleet LTE service in the North Sea
11:50 Forum «Arctic: Today and the Future» kicked off in Saint-Petersburg
11:29 “K” Line completes additional development (Phase-2) of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions”
11:05 PIL upgrades Redsea Gulf Service and Intra-Redsea Feeder 5
10:37 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
10:01 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’19 grew by 53.2% to 1.58 million tonnes
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.1% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $58.2
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,599 points
09:03 CMA CGM and Total sign a major agreement
06:49 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of three LR2 product tankers with long-term charters

2019 December 4

18:30 North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer retires
18:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Myrsini with Ausca and m/v Artemis with Koch
17:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’19 fell by 1% Y-o-Y to 2.93 million tonnes