Ini bermakna potensi RM43.9 bilion pelaburan asing akan datang ke Malaysia dari USD3 trilion (RM12 trilion) keseluruhan syarikat Saudi.
Tidak pasti mengapa Arab Saudi adalah begitu dekat dan yakin dengan Malaysia pada masa ini, begitu juga China.
Petronas Could Soon Seal Partnership With Saudi Aramco on $21 Billion Refinery
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia’s national oil company is set to make a final investment decision in December that is expected to bring in Saudi Arabian Oil Co., or Saudi Aramco, as its partner for a roughly $21 billion refining and petrochemicals project, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Petroliam Nasional Bhd., known as Petronas, will offer the world’s largest oil firm a 50% stake in the project, in Malaysia’s southern Johor state bordering Singapore, the people said. The project will comprise of a refinery, petrochemical plants and other related facilities.
If Petronas proceeds with the plan, the two companies will set up a joint-venture company in the first quarter of next year to run the project, with the refinery due to start operating in early 2019, the people said.
Petronas declined to comment. Aramco wasn’t immediately available for comment.
The entry of Saudi Aramco into the project would be a coup for Petronas. Based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s state-owned oil company is the world’s largest crude oil exporter, producing roughly one in every eight barrels of the world’s supply, according to its official website.
As part of an economic transformation to contend with the prolonged drop in oil prices, Saudi Arabia is expected to partially list Saudi Aramco, estimated to be worth between $2 trillion and $3 trillion, in what could be the world’s largest-ever initial public offering, targeted for 2018.
Petronas, Malaysia’s only Fortune 500 company, meanwhile, has also been hit by the oil price slump. The company announced in January that it would slash spending by as much as 50 billion ringgit, or $12 billion, over the next four years, but says it remains committed to investing in long-term projects.
The refinery and petrochemical development, situated in a fishing town in Johor, is estimated to cost some $12.7 billion, Petronas has said. Related facilities ranging from raw-water supply to a liquefied natural gas regasification terminal will cost another $8.6 billion, according to Petronas.
The company reported net profit fell 86% to 1.6 billion ringgit ($384 million) in the second quarter ended June from 11.1 billion ringgit a year earlier due to lower oil prices and higher net impairment on assets. Petronas plans to cut several hundred more jobs even after it said it was cutting 1,000 in March.