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Saudi Arabia’s Ma’aden forms JV to invest in mining assets abroad

Thursday, January 12th, 2023


Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden), the Gulf’s largest miner, said on Wednesday it agreed to form a joint venture with the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund to invest in mining assets globally.

Ma’aden will own 51% in the venture while the Public Investment Fund (PIF) will own 49%, the company said in a regulatory filing.

Ma’aden said the new venture’s strategy “will initially be to invest in the iron-ore, copper, nickel, and lithium sectors as a non-operating partner taking minority equity positions.”

In a separate statement, Ma’aden also said it agreed to acquire a 9.9% stake in American minerals exploration and development firm Ivanhoe Electric (IE), as well as form a separate joint venture with Ivanhoe to explore and develop mining projects in Saudi Arabia.

The joint venture will provide Ma’aden with access to proprietary technology for conducting geophysical surveys to detect the presence of sulphide minerals containing copper, nickel, gold and silver, Ma’aden said. 

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