19 October 2014Abdulla Fouad Group announces the acquisition of a number of oil and gas joint ventures, agencies and facilities from the Shoaibi Group to expand its presence in serving the Saudi Arabian energy market.
Abdulla Fouad Group has successfully reached an agreement with the Shoaibi Group to acquire, subject to certain consents and regulatory approvals, a wide ranging portfolio of joint ventures offering products, services and facilities to the Saudi Arabian energy market. The portfolio represents an established local footprint with strong international partners participating in the unprecedented investment and development program currently underway in Saudi Arabia.
The acquired portfolio consists of many world-renowned companies in their respective areas of operations which include, testing and inspection, on-shore & off-shore support & services, seismic survey and geotechnical services, reservoir analysis and optimization, exploration, oil & gas fields equipment and supplies and dredging,. The transaction also includes the acquisition of a 50,000m2 state of the art industrial park located in the second industrial city in Dammam, which serves as a base for the newly added ventures.
AFG group chairman Sheikh Abdulla Fouad congratulated the Shoaibi Group and thanked all parties involved for successfully closing this transaction. He said “we have been involved in the O & G sector since our inception, and it gives me great joy to see that our aspiration of increasing our footprint in the sector has materialized”.
Mr. Zahid Khawaja, Chief Executive Officer of Abdulla Fouad stated, “This acquisition represents an important milestone in the group’s growth plans through its increased exposure to the Saudi Arabian oil and gas market, which continues to be very robust and poised for unprecedented growth over the next few years. This acquisition also provides a strong platform to encourage more leading international product and services providers to partner with Abdulla Fouad at this exciting time in the market”.
Mr. Mark Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of Shoaibi Group stated “I am pleased that as a result of this portfolio sale the Shoaibi Group will be able to further its diversification strategy and expand its investment in education, food retail, healthcare,training, recruitment and renewables; as well as continuing to participate in the oil, gas, petrochemical, telecoms, water, power and insurance markets. I wish Zahid and his team every success in the growth of Abdulla Fouad; a company with an outstanding history and reputation.”