Foster Wheeler and SOCAR to Form a New Joint Venture Company in Azerbaijan

13/07/2011


ZUG, Switzerland, Jul 14, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate to form a jointly-owned company with The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

SOCAR is a state-owned company engaged in the fields of oil and gas exploration, production, transportation and marketing and intends to build an oil, gas processing and petrochemical complex in Garadag, Republic of Azerbaijan.

The new jointly-owned company will focus on providing process, engineering, procurement, construction supervision and project management services associated with the development of the new oil, gas processing and petrochemical complex.

The new entity will provide the same services for upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas projects developed by SOCAR both in the Republic of Azerbaijan and in other countries.

In line with the principles outlined in the MoU, Foster Wheeler and SOCAR will prepare a joint action plan for the establishment and incorporation of the new company, with its headquarters in Baku.

"Foster Wheeler and SOCAR already have a strong working relationship, including cooperation for the design of the Aegean oil refining facility in Turkey for SOCAR and its joint-venture partner," said Umberto della Sala, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Foster Wheeler AG. "We are very pleased to sign this MoU, which signals our commitment to Azerbaijan and which will take our relationship with SOCAR to a new level. Foster Wheeler will bring to the new joint company its worldwide organization resources, technical expertise and international project execution capability on all of SOCAR's key business areas."

"We consider Foster Wheeler one of the most respected companies in the world and we very much look forward to the formation of this new joint-venture company," added Rovnag Abdullayev, President, SOCAR. "We are confident that Foster Wheeler will be able to inject into the new entity its proven know-how and its recognized capability to deliver successful projects."

Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 12,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company's Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, mining and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company's Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about Foster Wheeler, please visit our Web site at http://www.fwc.com.

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