“Dutch suppliers in the energy industry acting in a cluster”
In the year 1959 a huge gas field was discovered in The Netherlands. Combined with offshore oil production, this was the start of the development of a wide range of innovative, technical products and services. These developments were rapidly taken over by the international offshore industry, and the Dutch industries have built up an excellent reputation for innovation, reliability and quality ever since. More than 600 companies are active in the oil, gas and power industry. The Netherlands has Europe’s most extensive gas distribution network and ever increasing; new LNG terminals are under construction at the port of Rotterdam.
The Gulf State Region is the world’s largest energy producer and offers the Dutch supply industry numerous opportunities. Dutch Energy Solutions: Global Excellence, Local Performance is an export programme executed by FME and IRO, on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. The objective of the three-year programme is to enhance meaningful relationships and to intensify further business relationships between the Dutch Industry and oil, gas and power companies in the Arabian Gulf Region.
The focus of the programme is on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Other countries in the programme include Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.
Under the Dutch Energy Solutions programme several trade missions took place last year; to Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and even to the EPC contractors in London.
Also, there will be a large Holland Pavillion at the ADIPEC exhibition in Abu Dhabi this year.
The oil, gas and power sector will be receiving a lot of Dutch visitors over the next few years for the Dutch suppliers have joined forces. The Netherlands has years of experience in oil and gas extraction and is gradually becoming the gas roundabout of Europe. All of this expertise is an ideal fit for what is needed in the Gulf, namely working with a reliable partner who offers cutting-edge technologies.
The longstanding relation between the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia is apparent considering The Netherlands as one of Europe’s largest investors in the Kingdom. The office of Aramco Overseas is based in the Netherlands since 1953, nowadays in their new office in The Hague. Saudi Arabia is also investing in The Netherlands; examples are the headquarters and production facilities of Sabic Europe, but also the construction of biggest Saudi dredging vessel in The Netherlands.