MARKET REPORT: Arabian Gulf deal adds £200m to oil rig maker Lamprell
A tie-up with the world’s biggest oil company added nearly £200 million to the value of oil-rig maker Lamprell yesterday.
Lamprell will enter a joint venture with Saudi Aramco and three other firms to help build the largest shipyard in the Arabian Gulf, for £4 billion.
It should be finished by 2022 on the east coast of Saudi Arabia, and will focus on establishing, developing and repairing offshore drilling rigs and ships.
A tie-up with the world’s biggest oil company added nearly £200 million to the value of oil-rig maker Lamprell yesterday
It is hoped the shipyard will reduce the country’s reliance on oil production.
Lamprell will invest a maximum of £109 million in the project, while Saudi Arabia’s government will cover £2.7 billion and Saudi Aramco will pay £272 million. Shares in Lamprell rose 5.7 per cent, or 5.75p, to 106.75p, adding £197 million to the company’s value.
Saudi Aramco is preparing for its IPO, which is expected to the biggest public offering in history.
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