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Press Dossier    By Date   28/03/2024 Saudi ADES inks $66m deal to ramp up production in Egyptian oil fields

Arab News, Thu, Mar 28, 2024 | Ramadan 18, 1445

​​Saudi ADES inks $66m deal to ramp up production in Egyptian oil fields

Saudi Arabia: The production of Egyptian oil fields is poised to surge following a $66 million investment deal between Saudi drilling firm ADES and the subsidaries of the country’s petroleum corporation. 

In a statement released on Tadawul, ADES Holding Co. revealed the agreement entails a long-term commitment to invest $30 million in Suez Oil Co., also known as SUCO, and $36 million in Offshore Shukeir Oil Co., or OSOCO, within the initial three years of the contract to achieve production increments. 

The Saudi company stated that the agreement spans a duration of 10 years, with the possibility of extending it for an additional decade. 

The statement clarified that ADES is entitled to benefit from the returns of the additional production based on mutually agreed-upon mechanisms. 

Moreover, it highlighted that the investment volume and payment schedule are linked to the levels of increase achieved in production rates. 

The alliance’s share of the production increment ranges between 61 percent and 72 percent, with a benchmark price per barrel determined according to market prices. 

The company indicated that the commencement of the agreement’s operations is anticipated within 90 days. 

ADES has been expanding its operational footprint to multiple countries. In November 2023, the company secured three new contracts totaling $293 million, marking its entry into Indonesia and strengthening its presence in Algeria. 

The company had previously announced its entry into Southeast Asia with a long-term contract valued at SR803 million ($214 million) with Pertamina Drilling Services Indonesia. 

This contract, comprising a three-year firm period and a two-year option, is slated to commence in the second half of 2024. 

Headquartered in Al Khobar, ADES owns and operates a large portfolio of offshore and onshore rigs across the Middle East and Asia, according to its website. 

It has over 7,500 employees and a fleet of 87 rigs across seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa region and India. This fleet includes 38 onshore drilling rigs, 46 jackup offshore drilling rigs, two jackup barges, and one mobile offshore production unit.

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