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McDermott and Saudi Aramco Announce Memorandum of Understanding at the First Saudi-U.S. CEO Forum

26th June 2017

McDermott is the only EPCI contractor attending the forum MOU outlines McDermott’s nine initiatives in support of Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) initiative MOU further demonstrates McDermott’s commitment to Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision

McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) announced today it signed another memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Saudi Aramco to expand and develop the company’s physical and human capital within Saudi Arabia as part of Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) initiative.

The MOU was signed as part of the first ever Saudi-U.S. CEO Forum. McDermott was the only engineering, construction, procurement, and installation (EPCI) services contractor attending the summit along with other major U.S. business leaders. The forum was organized to coincide with U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. At the forum, Saudi ministers and CEOs from major U.S. companies met to discuss expanding business between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

The MOU demonstrates McDermott’s support of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and Aramco’s IKTVA program. The Company has committed to a nine-initiative plan to increase its contribution to the country’s localization efforts and aid Saudi Aramco in meeting its 2021 objectives. McDermott plans to increase the number of Saudi nationals in its Middle East workforce to 40 percent by 2030.

“Today’s announcement enhances our deep-rooted relationship with Saudi Aramco, our largest customer, and further demonstrates our commitment to Saudi Arabia and its vision,” said David Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott. “As part of our global strategy to enhance our capabilities and deepen customer relationships, this MOU strengthens our long-term plans to transition our Middle East operations to Saudi Arabia, which we believe positions us competitively in the regional market."

McDermott’s nine-initiative plan expands the Company’s local supply chain, develops full-scale fabrication and marine facilities and moves area operations to Saudi Arabia and provides career training and development opportunities for highly-skilled Saudi nationals.

“These initiatives underpin our long-term goal to significantly grow our business not just in Saudi Arabia, but regionally,” said Linh Austin, McDermott’s Vice President, Middle East and Caspian. “This also builds on our recent efforts to increase Saudi Arabian-based fabrication and engineering through the opening of our new yard in Dammam and office in Al Khobar, as well as locally-sourced procurement.” 

McDermott believes the potential value of the MOU is approximately $2.8 billion USD and will create up to 2,000 jobs over the next several years.

Saudi Aramco launched the IKTVA program in 2015 to expand Saudi Arabian-based business operations to help drive domestic value creation and maximize long-term economic growth, diversification, job creation and workforce development to support a rapidly changing local economy. 

McDermott has extensive experience offshore Saudi Arabia, having worked in the region for more than 50 years. 

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