Saudi Aramco, Air Products (NYSE: APD), and ACWA Power today announced the signing of a Term Sheet to form an over $8billion Gasification/Power joint venture (JV) located at Jazan Economic City (JEC) in Saudi Arabia.
The JV will purchase the gasification assets, power block and the associated utilities from Saudi Aramco for approximately over $8 billion. These assets are currently under construction and will be transferred to the JV upon successful start-up, currently scheduled in 2019.
The JV will own and operate the facility under a 25-year contract for a fixed monthly fee. Saudi Aramco will supply feedstock to the JV, and the JV will produce power, hydrogen and other utilities for Saudi Aramco. Air Products will own at least 55 percent of the JV, with Saudi Aramco and ACWA Power owning the balance.
The JV builds upon the importance and recognition that critical infrastructure assets in the region are being developed and operated under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
The consortium will increase job opportunities and transfer the most advanced technologies in this field to the Kingdom, and enable Saudi talent to employ this technology for the first time.
The JV will serve Saudi Aramco’s Jazan Refinery and terminal at JEC, a megaproject that will process heavy and medium crude oil to create liquefied petroleum gas, sulfur, asphalt, benzene and paraxylene, and add 400,000 barrels per day of refining capacity.
Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President of Downstream Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi said, “The Gasification/Power JV will be central to the self-sufficiency of our megaprojects at Jazan. The JV will enhance the overall value of the refinery and integrated gasification combined cycle power plant, and aid in transforming the province by positioning JEC for additional foreign direct investment and private sector involvement.”
Air Products Chairman, President and CEO, Seifi Ghasemi, said, “Air Products is very honored to be given this outstanding opportunity to expand our involvement in this megaproject in partnership with Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest company, and ACWA Power, the leading private power producer in the Middle East. Earlier this year, Air Products acquired the patents for the Shell liquids gasification technology, which is the core technology for the Jazan gasification facility. Building on the success of our Lu’An project in China, this new project further extends Air Products’ leadership position supplying syngas to major companies around the world. We appreciate the trust that Saudi Aramco continues to place in us, first in awarding us the air separation unit, and now moving toward an expanded scope of supply at Jazan.”
Ghasemi noted that the JV furthers the efforts of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model to develop critical infrastructure assets in the region, a key component of the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030
ACWA Power Chairman, Mohammad Abunayyan added: “ACWA Power is committed to the expansion of the PPP model into the power sector. ACWA Power plays an important role in the power sector in the Kingdom and welcomes the opportunity to assist in the further development of Jazan economic corridor. Furthermore, our collaboration with industry leading companies, Saudi Aramco and Air Products, is a direct result of the recognition of the need to innovate new structure as part of Vision 2030.”
About Saudi Aramco
Saudi Aramco is a world leader in integrated energy and chemicals. We are driven by the core belief that energy is opportunity. From producing approximately one in every eight barrels of the world’s crude oil supply to developing new energy technologies, our global team is dedicated to creating a positive impact in all that we do. We focus on making our resources more sustainable and more useful. This promotes long-term economic growth and prosperity around the world. Saudi Aramco subsidiaries and affiliates have operated in the U.S. for more than 60 years. Visit us at www.saudiaramco.com
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About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading Industrial Gases company in operation for over 75 years. The Company’s core industrial gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.
The Company had fiscal 2017 sales of $8.2 billion from continuing operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $35 billion. Approximately 15,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from a diversity of backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities and the world. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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About ACWA Power
ACWA Power is a developer, investor and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 10 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power’s portfolio, with an investment value in excess of USD 30 billion, 27+ GW of power and 3 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be mostly delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models.
ACWA Power is owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Public Pensions Agency and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group)and seven Saudi conglomerates.
ACWA Power pursues a mission to reliably deliver electricity and desalinated water with the most effective cost , thereby contributing to the social and economic development of the communities and countries it invests in and serves.