A staff member is seen on the Saipem 10000 deepwater drillship in Genoa’s harbour, Italy, November 19, 2015. Picture taken November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo/File Photo
MILAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Italian energy services group Saipem (SPMI.MI) has signed an agreement with Saudi Aramco (2222.SE) to examine setting up a company to do engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work in Saudi Arabia.
The agreement is part of the Namaat Investment Industrial Program unveiled by Saudi Aramco on Sept. 7 designed to drive economic growth and diversification in the Kingdom.
The Program includes 22 memoranda of understanding in sectors such as energy and the chemicals supply chain with a series of companies including Solvay , Veolia (VIE.PA), Halliburton (HAL.N) and Schlumberger (SLB.N).
In a statement on Tuesday Saipem said any new company, set up with local partners, would work in energy and infrastructure with the aim of creating an “EPC national champion”.
Saipem, which has a framework agreement with Saudi Aramco it renewed earlier this year, has a fabrication yard in Saudi Arabia.
A market leader in subsea exploration and construction, Saipem is looking to develop new lines of business to meet an increasing client focus on green technologies.
Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; editing by Giulia Segreti and Jason Neely
Mark White is the editor of the ProcurementNation, a Media Outlet covering supply chain and logistics issues. He joined The New York Times in 2007 as an commodities reporter, and most recently served as foreign-exchange editor in New York.