Saudi Aramco said it will acquire Shell’s 50 per cent stake in the SASREF refining joint venture, buying out the refinery in Jubail Industrial City for US$631 million.
The refinery acquisition from Shell Saudi Arabia Refining Limited, which has a capacity of 305,000 barrels per day, is part of Saudi Aramco’s plan to boost refining capacity under its long-term downstream growth strategy. The main products of the refinery include liquefied petroleum gas, naphtha, kerosene, diesel, fuel oil and sulphur.
Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, Saudi Aramco’s senior vice president of downstream, said: “The partnership with Shell has led to a strong record of performance and delivery of refined products. 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 and we look forward to further optimising its performance and long term viability.”
John Abbott, Shell downstream director, said: “SASREF has been a long and successful partnership between Shell and Saudi Aramco. The refinery has operated with good reliability, and has an impressive safety record. We’re proud of what we have achieved together over the past four decades and will continue to explore new business opportunities.”
For Shell, the sale is part of an ongoing effort to focus its refining portfolio, integrating with Shell Trading hubs and Chemicals. The sale is expected to complete later this year, subject to regulatory approval.