Worley has received a three-year contract extension to continue supporting Saudi Aramco’s domestic offshore projects.

The Australian services giant said that under the in-kingdom and out-of-kingdom contracts, it will continue to provide project management, engineering, design, fabrication and installation supervision for Aramco’s offshore portfolio, including Zuluf, Safaniyah and Manifa.

The services will be executed by Worley’s Al-Khobar and Houston offices.

Worley said it has held these contracts for the past 19 years.

“As a global professional services company headquartered in Australia, with an extensive track record of sustaining and optimising offshore facilities globally, we are pleased that Saudi Aramco has continued to engage Worley and build on our long-standing relationship to provide services to its offshore assets,” said Chris Ashton, Worley chief executive.

Meanwhile, Aramco has signed a tentative deal with Indian conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to develop a manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia to produce critical equipment for several industries, including the oil, gas and power sectors.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining collaboration on L&T’s efforts to establish the region’s first heavy wall pressure vessels facility at Jubail Industrial City.

This MoU is in line with Aramco’s Namaat programme, launched in September, which aims to tap into the opportunities available in Saudi Arabia to create value, as well as drive economic expansion and diversification.

Ahmad Sa’adi, Aramco’s head of technical services, said: “This manufacturing facility, once completed, will provide a large number of skilled job opportunities for Saudi youth, localise the know how of heavy wall vessels in the kingdom and deploy the latest manufacturing technologies.

“We expect this facility to help Aramco and others in the kingdom to increase localisation and optimise capital cost.”

L&T chief executive SN Subrahmanyan said: “We believe this is another significant milestone for L&T in the kingdom and a strong testimony to our commitment to the development of the region.”

His company is due to start construction of the 120,000-square-metre facility imminently, with production expected to begin by the third quarter of 2022.