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Foster Wheeler and SOFCON to Form Joint Venture in Saudi Arabia

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Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has signed a Joint Venture Agreement to form a jointly owned Saudi Arabian entity with A. Al-Saihati, A. Fattani and O. Al-Othman Consulting Engineering Company (SOFCON) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The new entity, Foster Wheeler SOFCON Consulting Engineering Company, is planned as a regional engineering hub and will be based in the city of Al-Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Foster Wheeler SOFCON will focus on providing full-service engineering and project management services for onshore/offshore oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals and associated infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia.

"Foster Wheeler and SOFCON have a long and outstanding record of successful cooperation in project execution in Saudi Arabia. The formation of this new company demonstrates the ongoing commitment of our two companies in working together to deliver successful projects in Saudi Arabia and the provision of high quality services and expertise from a local base," said Umberto della Sala, president and chief operating officer, Foster Wheeler AG.

"It is our goal to make Foster Wheeler SOFCON the leading full-service engineering and project management provider in Saudi Arabia, delivering professional and competitive services in front-end engineering, detailed engineering, procurement, construction and project management. The new entity will bring an enhanced value proposition in the development of the local economy and capabilities," said Ala'a Fattani, president and chief executive officer, SOFCON.

Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 14,000 talented professionals with specialised expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company's Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company's Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland.

Published 02/02/2010

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