November 9, 2017 / 10:09 AM / a month ago

Aramco expects to boost capital expenditure by about 10 pct

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Oil giant Saudi Aramco expects to increase its capital spending budget by almost 10 percent in its next financial year, a senior vice president at the state-owned company said on Thursday.

The plans to increase investment come as Aramco prepares for a much-vaunted international IPO as Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pushes reforms to make the kingdom less reliant on oil.

Aramco’s senior vice president of technical affairs, Ahmad al-Sa‘adi, told a business conference on Thursday that the company’s allocation for capital spending in its current financial year is almost 350 billion Saudi riyals ($93.31 billion) and would rise by about 10 percent the following year.

Al-Sa‘adi added that the increased spending will provide big opportunities for Saudi businesses looking to increase their involvement in Aramco projects.

Reporting by Reem Shamseddine; Editing by David Goodman

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