Saudi Aramco, Hyundai Heavy Industries collaborate on new business opportunities

November 15, 2015

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Aramco and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group have signed a general memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly collaborate on business development opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The MoU lays out a comprehensive, multi-faceted business cooperation framework in areas such as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), downstream, and the development of a casting and forging facility. The MoU also covers the development of a world class maritime yard and the advancement of maritime diesel engine manufacturing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The strategic collaboration discussion was initiated when Saudi Aramco’s board of directors visited HHI‘s Ulsan complex in April 2015.

Elaborating on the partnership, Amin H. Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, said, “Our two companies are global leaders in our respective industries and the MoU cements a strategic relationship between us, with business flourishing on both sides. The partnership will add greater value to the Kingdom’s economy, boost our localization efforts and help create jobs for Saudi nationals.” 

Ki-sun Chung, senior V.P., corporate planning, HHI, said, "The partnership between the two industrial behemoths not only means a great opportunity to enhance Korea's shipbuilding and EPC businesses, but also extends Hyundai Groups’ contribution to the Kingdom stretching back to the 1970s when it was awarded a contract to develop the Jubail port (King Fahd industrial port) project. This signing is significant as it provides the potential for the creation of another Jubail that creates tremendous growth opportunities for HHI in Saudi Arabia."

Saudi Aramco has championed the development of a comprehensive maritime yard within Ras Al-Khair, in coordination with the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) and HHI as potential partners. The yard will leverage the companies’ expanding offshore business to accelerate localization efforts of the Kingdom’s young and promising maritime industry and its associated supply chain.

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