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Aramco to buy Shell's stake in Saudi refining JV for USD 631 million

PTI
Published : Apr 22, 2019, 9:07 am IST
Updated : Apr 22, 2019, 9:07 am IST

The purchase is part of Aramco’s strategy to expand its downstream operations, will be completed later this year.

Saudi Aramco will take full ownership and integrate the refinery into its growing downstream portfolio.
 Saudi Aramco will take full ownership and integrate the refinery into its growing downstream portfolio.

Dubai: Saudi Aramco will acquire Royal Dutch Shell’s 50 per cent stake in their Saudi refining joint venture SASREF for USD 631 million, the two companies said on Sunday.

The purchase, which is part of Aramco’s strategy to expand its downstream operations, will be completed later this year, they said in a joint statement.

Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co (SASREF), based in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, has a crude oil refining capacity of 305,000 barrels per day (bpd).

“Saudi Aramco will take full ownership and integrate the refinery into its growing downstream portfolio. SASREF will continue to be a critical facility in our refining and chemicals business,” Abdulaziz al-Judaimi, Aramco’s senior vice president of downstream, said in the statement.

Aramco aims to become a global leader in chemicals and the world’s largest integrated energy firm, with plans to expand its refining operations and petrochemical output.

For Shell, “the sale is part of an ongoing effort to focus its refining portfolio, integrating with Shell trading hubs and chemicals,” the company said.

Shell has sold over USD 30 billion of assets in recent years as it shifts its focus to lower carbon businesses such as natural gas and petrochemicals.

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