Aramco enters global LNG market with $500 million MidOcean Energy acquisition

September 28, 2023

(WO) – Aramco has signed definitive agreements to acquire a strategic minority stake in MidOcean Energy for $500 million. MidOcean Energy is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) company formed and managed by EIG, an institutional investor in the global energy and infrastructure sectors.

At the signing ceremony, front row, from left: MidOcean Energy CEO De la Rey Venter and Aramco Upstream President Nasir K. Al-Naimi. Back row, from left: EIG Chairman and CEO Blair Thomas and Aramco President & CEO Amin H. Nasser.

MidOcean Energy is currently in the process of acquiring interests in four Australian LNG projects, with a growth strategy to create a diversified global LNG business. The strategic partnership with MidOcean Energy marks Aramco’s first international investment in LNG.

Amin H. Nasser, Aramco President & CEO, said, “We anticipate strong demand-led growth for LNG as the world continues on its energy transition journey, with gas being a vital fuel and feedstock in various industries. We believe that gas will be important in meeting the world’s rising need for secure, accessible and more sustainable energy.”

Nasir K. Al-Naimi, Aramco Upstream President, said, “This is an important step in Aramco’s strategy to become a leading global LNG player. We see significant opportunities in this market, which is positioned for structural, long-term growth. MidOcean Energy is well-equipped to capitalize on rising LNG demand, and this strategic partnership reflects our willingness to work with leading international players to identify and unlock new opportunities at a global level.”

Blair Thomas, EIG Chairman and CEO, said, “Energy transition informs every investment decision we make, and we believe LNG has a key role to play in enabling an orderly transition that balances society’s twin goals of decarbonization and energy security. Concurrent with that, we believe the LNG industry is ripe for change and there is a role for a nimble, pure-play company like MidOcean Energy. While our initial focus is on the announced transactions in Australia, we believe the opportunity set is global.”


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