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Opinion: If Iran opens its oil sector, will Saudi Arabia be next?


Iran has taken a big step toward bringing foreign investors back into its oil and gas sector. The experience of neighboring Iraq shows it still has a long road to walk, though -- if successful -- there may well be a lesson here for Saudi Arabia on opening up to outside help.

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Saudi firm mulls petrochemicals venture with Exxon affiliate


Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic), one of the world's largest petrochemicals groups, said on Monday it is studying launching a jointly-owned petrochemicals complex with an affiliate of US firm Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM). The project will be on the US's Gulf Coast, possibly in Texas or Louisiana, and will include a production facility which will supply ethylene to other units to produce ethylene derivatives, Sabic said in the statement. The two parties will conduct studies and work with state and local officials to help identify a potential site with adequate infrastructure access before making a final investment decision, said Sabic.