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  • 10 November 2020

Saudi Arabia’s TAQA Expands Its Oilfield Chemicals Capabilities by Acquiring a 25% Stake in OPT

The Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) announced that it has agreed to acquire a stake in OPT Petroleum Technologies Company Limited. Headquartered in Houston, with a presence in China, Southeast Asia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), OPT is a fast-growing oilfield chemicals company focusing on providing specialty chemicals for well construction and stimulation.

TAQA’s strategic partnership with OPT secures access to world-class specialty chemicals and products, which comprise a key component of the success and differentiation of TAQA’s services. Inspired by Saudi Aramco IKTVA program and aligned with TAQA’s corporate strategy, an investment of more than SAR 10 million in OPT will build local chemical research, engineering, and manufacturing facility in Dhahran (KSA), with a mandate to introduce new engineering solutions, create more jobs and promote local content of products and chemicals research and development (R&D) in the Kingdom.

“Our Operations Chemicals Laboratories in Dammam 2nd Industrial City is a testament to TAQA’s growth strategy in chemical operations, and partnering with OPT will further cement our capabilities into oilfield chemicals research, engineering, and manufacturing, supporting TAQA’s technology development ambitions. The local OPT Research, Engineering, and Manufacturing Facility in Dhahran will expand the Kingdom’s chemical footprint and enable entry into specialty chemicals to address Oil & Gas well performance and integrity. We at TAQA are very proud of this milestone and looking forward to continuing leading the way as a true local champion in Oilfield Services and Equipment, OFSE.”
Khalid Nouh, TAQA Chief Executive
“We are pleased with the partnership with TAQA, which will facilitate OPT to come in full force in the Kingdom to support our clients with chemical products, technologies, and services.” Dr. Xiao added, “We have been an industry leader in developing and servicing oilfield chemical technologies globally, and this collaboration will further allow us to manufacture chemicals locally in Saudi Arabia and will be able to support the IKTVA initiative. This unique opportunity will allow us to expand to other business lines and come one step closer to Saudi Aramco and other clients operating in the Middle East and Asia.”
Zhijun Xiao, CEO of OPT

The combination of TAQA and OPT resources will facilitate an increased service offering for customers and bring international technology developers to establish a presence in the Kingdom, in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

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