Saudi Aramco IPO will take place within two years, Okaz reports

The Saudi newspaper cited remarks from Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks at a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser/File Photo
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Saudi Aramco, the world's biggest oil producing company, plans to sell a 5 per cent stake as originally planned, within the next two years, Saudi Arabia's Okaz newspaper reported, citing the energy minister.

Saudi Arabia is exporting up to 10 million barrels per day of oil and its by-products, Khalid Al Falih said, according to the remarks published on Thursday.

Aramco delayed its initial public offering slated for this year as it builds up its petrochemicals portfolio and gets ready for the flotation.

The company is currently in talks with the country’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, to buy a 70 per cent stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, or Sabic, the Middle East’s biggest petchems producer.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the driving force behind the kingdom's economic overhaul, has said Aramco's listing will take place by 2021, valuing the company at around $2 trillion (Dh7.34 trillion).

Aramco, which produces and sells crude on behalf of the kingdom, has begun to increasingly assign resources towards developing integrated refining and chemicals projects at home and abroad, as it looks to earn more from the sale of products, which have large markets in Asia.

The company has made strides abroad, notably in the downstream sector where it has partnered with state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to invest in a $44bn integrated refining and chemicals complex on the western coast of India, along with a group of state-backed domestic refiners.

Adnoc and Aramco also forged a pact last November, to explore joint investments in liquefied natural gas and natural gas.

Aramco is also in the process of developing a large-scale downstream complex in India.