Saudi Electricity To Create A Power Generation Subsidiary

Saudi Electricity Co plans to establish a power generation subsidiary, pending shareholder approval, a step viewed by analysts as a sign the state-controlled power giant is pushing ahead with a long-awaited restructuring.

The company, the Gulf’s largest utility, said in a bourse filing last week that it called shareholders for a meeting on Dec. 18 “to vote on the establishment of a power generation subsidiary,” without giving further details.

The Public Investment Fund, the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, owns a 74 per cent stake in Saudi Electricity. The other major shareholder is state oil giant Saudi Aramco, which owns a stake of almost 7 per cent.

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