Saudi Aramco consider new industrial city project
The state oil giant is considering whether to build a new industrial city in the south of the al-Ahsa district in Saudi's Eastern Province
Saudi Aramco is considering whether to build a new industrial city in the south of the al-Ahsa district in Saudia Arabia's Eastern Province, as authorities seek to expand the kingdom's base, industry sources said.
International engineering companies have already bid for engineering work, the sources added, declining to give further detials for commercial reasons.
Saudi Aramco declined to comment.
One source claimed the new city would be built around energy-related industries such as support services for power generation and transmission.
If it the project goes ahead, it will suggest that despite the plunge in oil prices last year, authorities remain determined to invest in long-term efforts to create jobs and diversify the economy beyond oil.
The creation of "industrial cities" - huge projects which state institutions play key roles in but which seek private investment - is part of the Saudi government's efforts to jump-start development.
King Abdullah Economic City - a zone on the Red Sea coast near Jeddah - is an example of an industrial city project currently under construction.