about us

about us
learn more about us and who we are

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures is the corporate venturing subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company. Our mission is: “to invest globally into early-stage and high growth companies with technologies of strategic importance to Aramco, to accelerate their development and their deployment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

We invest in upstream and downstream oil and gas, petrochemicals, renewables, energy efficiency and water sectors. Our objective is to deploy technologies that enhance the identification and management of reserves, enhance primary energy production, improve operational efficiency, increase value capture in downstream processing, and support optimization of Kingdom energy and water consumption.

We aim to be a value-added strategic investor. We actively support portfolio companies in accessing the Saudi Arabian and regional market, including facilitating business development, localization, and accessing of technical and operational expertise. Our team of highly experienced investment professionals provides portfolio companies with guidance and support, and access to a global network.

For venture capital funding relating to Enterprise Tech, Fintech, Deep Tech & AI, B2B, and B2C visit Prosperity7 Ventures, the diversified growth fund of Aramco Ventures.

Saudi Aramco, a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals company, is the state-owned energy enterprise of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It ranks first among oil companies worldwide in terms of crude oil reserves, production and exports, and is among the leading producers of natural gas.

For the 25th consecutive year, Aramco again earned the No. 1 spot in the Petroleum Intelligence Weekly’s annual rankings of the world’s top 50 oil companies.

Find out more by following this link: www.saudiaramco.com

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the MENA region, and 19th largest in the world. The Kingdom was the 3rd fastest growing economy worldwide in the 2009-2012 periods, behind only India and China.

Saudi Arabia is undergoing an exciting transformation. In recent years the Kingdom has made significant reforms to encourage economic diversification and foreign direct investment, and is considered one of the world’s fastest reforming business climates. Today, Saudi Arabia is the largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investments in the MENA region and has been rated as the 23rd most economically competitive country in the world, according to the International Finance Corporation (IFC)-World Bank annual "Doing Business" report issued for 2014, rising from 67th in 2004.

The Kingdom has embarked on a $400bn infrastructure investment program focusing on education, healthcare, transportation, construction, information technology, materials, water and energy, including $60bn directed toward the development of four new economic cities, located across the country.


Saudi Arabia Key Facts & Figures:

  • #1 oil & gas producer and exporter

  • #1 fastest-growing region in chemicals production

  • #1 desalination market

  • #3 air conditioning market

  • #1 producer of cement per capita


Find out more by following this link: https://investsaudi.sa/en/

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Saudi Aramco

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

strategy

strategy
our key elements of doing an investment

We seek minority equity ownership positions and in most cases seek board seats or board observer rights. We make direct investments into venture companies, and also invest selectively via best-in-class venture capital funds.

Above all, we aim to be a value-adding strategic investor, supporting our portfolio companies throughout their development and leveraging our relationship with Aramco.


Our investment strategy can be characterized as follows:

Sectors: Upstream and downstream oil & gas, petrochemicals, water and renewables technologies with application in the Saudi Arabian market.
Stage: Prototype to early expansion stage
Geographies: Global
Ticket size: Typically $5-10 million over 2-3 rounds of financing, but flexibility to invest from $1 million up to $30 million total exposure per company,
Ownership: 5% to 50%
Syndication: We often act as lead investors but will follow or syndicate with others as appropriate.
Engagement: We typically seek Board or observer seats. We actively engage with portfolio companies in supporting company development and in facilitating business or technology development in Saudi Arabia and the GCC region.
Holding period: Flexible, but seek alignment with management and other shareholders.

We perform a 360° assessment of investment opportunities. Factors we consider include:

  • Fit with Aramco technical needs, or with broader technology needs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and scale of potential impact.

  • Fit with fund strategy (sectors, geography, and stage).

  • Capabilities and track record of management team.

  • Uniqueness and benefits of technology, and strength of intellectual property protection.

  • Size of addressable market.

  • Technical, IP, market, legal and financial risks.

  • Willingness to engage with us as investor and strategic partner.

We invest in technologies in upstream and downstream oil and gas, petrochemicals, water, energy efficiency and renewables with application to the Saudi Arabian market. Specific areas of interest are highlighted below, though we will consider any technology applicable to our circumstances. Information and communications technologies applicable to upstream or downstream operations (the "digital oilfield") are of high interest.


Upstream Oil & Gas

Focus areas include seismic and imaging technologies, reservoir engineering, fluid flow control, productivity enhancement techniques, metering and intelligent wells, artificial lift, smart fluids, tight gas and unconventional gas production, extended reach and slim-hole drilling, drilling and production fluids and hardware, computational modeling, in-situ sensing and intervention, analytics, automation and visualization.

Downstream Oil & Gas

Our downstream interest areas include the following: whole-crude desulfurization, refining advancements, corrosion and scaling detection and prevention, advanced fuel formulations and advanced engines, oil and gas sensing and treatment, robotics, functional materials, predictive maintenance, sensors, analytics, automation and visualization, and technologies that can significantly contribute to enhanced operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Petrochemicals

Our interests focus on enhancing productivity in chemicals production and downstream vertical integration from hydrocarbon feedstocks to basic and intermediate petrochemicals. This includes technologies for direct crude-to-chemicals processing as well as technologies that use CO2 as a feed stocks. We will also selectively invest in differentiated specialty chemical technologies that may be localized in Saudi Arabia, particularly into chemical industry clusters being developed around Saudi Aramco's integrated chemical mega-projects, such as Petro Rabigh and Sadara.

New Drivers for Hydrocarbon Demand

We will invest opportunistically into technologies which have the potential to materially increase the demand for hydrocarbon-based products into new markets. This includes new manufacturing technologies, materials, additives and other enabling technologies in areas such as composites, construction systems, and re-use technologies.

Water

We have wide-ranging interests in water technologies, both for application in Saudi Aramco’s operations as well as more broadly in the Kingdom. Specific areas include desalination systems, components, and pretreatment systems, wastewater treatment and recycling (including municipal, industrial and produced water), seawater injection EOR, "smart water", water distribution, and technologies that improve water resource efficiency at point of use.

Energy Efficiency

We focus on energy efficiency technologies that have near-term potential for deployment in the Saudi Arabian market. These include technologies to enhance efficiency of power generation and distribution, industrial efficiency technologies, including in the areas of rotating machinery, heat exchangers, waste heat recovery, waste pressure recovery, monitoring, analytics and asset visualization systems. Industrial efficiency focuses on petrochemicals, water, cement and metal industries that are major energy consumers in the Saudi Arabian market. Technologies enhancing end-use efficiency in the government, residential, hospitality and commercial sectors will be considered where economics are attractive in the Saudi Arabian market and where emerging regulations are likely to drive adoption.

Industry 4.0

We seek to invest into enabling technologies that can have material impact in Saudi Aramco’s operations, particularly in the field of ‘Industry 4.0’ where there is much innovation. This includes IoT, robotics, mobility, cloud services, blockchain-enabled services, AR/VR, advanced manufacturing, etc.

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news & events

news & events
have a look into our latest news & events

  • 16 December 2020

    SAEV portfolio company Data Gumbo Named to the 2020 CB Insights Blockchain 50 — A List of the Most Innovative Blockchain Companies.

  • 8 December 2020

    Dragos announces their Series C funding, An investment by industry, for industry.

  • November 2020

    SAEV portfolio company Data Gumbo recognized with Distinction for the Smart Water Project of the Year in the 2020 Global Water Awards for its excellence in water management.

global presence

global presence
where we are located around the globe

Head quarters

Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Aberdeen Office

Aberdeenshire, UK

Norway Office

Pier X, Bryggegata 3, 0250 Oslo, Norway

North America

Houston, USA

Japan

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

Asia Korea

Jung-gu, Seoul

China

Beijing, China

portfolio companies

portfolio companies

contact us

contact us

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
hello@saev.com
Al-midra Tower
11th Floor, West Wing,
Dhahran 31311
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia