Saudi Aramco has awarded multiple offshore contracts together worth upwards of $1.6 billion to a trio of international contracting groups, as it aims to scale up upstream spending not seen for several years.

Several people close to Aramco’s long term agreement (LTA) grouping told Upstream that the state-owned giant recently dished out up to nine prized engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) deals, involving multiple offshore fields in the country.

“The operator has issued notification of awards (NoA’s) for multiple EPC contracts to three companies or consortiums that are a part of the offshore LTA,” one person said.