Saudi plans to invest $100bn in India’s oil, infra sectors
New Delhi: Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is looking to invest $100 billion in India in areas of petrochemicals, infrastructure and mining among others, considering the country’s growth potential.
Saudi ambassador Dr Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati has said India is an an attractive investment destination for Saudi Arabia and it is eyeing longterm partnerships with New Delhi in key sectors such as oil, gas and mining.
He said Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil giant Aramco’s proposed partnership with Reliance Industries Ltd reflects the strategic nature of the growing energy ties between the two countries.
The envoy said investing in India’s value chain from oil supply, marketing, refining to petrochemicals and lubricants is a key part of Aramco’s global downstream strategy.
“In this backdrop, Saudi Aramco’s proposed investments in India’s energy sector such as the $44 billion West Coast refinery and petrochemical project in Maharashtra and long term partnership with Reliance represent strategic milestones in our bilateral relationship,” he said. The envoy said the 2030 vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will also result in significant expansion of trade and business between India and Saudi Arabia in diverse sectors.
Under vision 2030, Saudi Arabia plans to diversify the Saudi economy while reducing its economic dependence on petroleum products. Saudi Arabia is a key pillar of India’s energy security, being a source of 17% or more of crude oil and 32% of LPG requirements of India.
The Saudi ambassador said more than 40 opportunities for joint collaborations and investments across various sectors have been identified between India and Saudi Arabia in 2019, adding the current bilateral trade of $34 billion will undoubtedly continue to increase.