Aramco buys 50pc stake in Sasref refinery for $631m

23 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RIYADH: Aramco agreed to buy Anglo-Dutch major Shell’s 50 per cent stake in a refining joint venture in Jubail for $631 million, taking complete ownership of the facility.

Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil exporting company has been making strategic shifts downstream, as it looks to sell more products, especially in the growing markets of Asia, report agencies.

The company has looked to strengthen its downstream portfolio – which refers to the refining and chemicals segments of the energy value chain – and recently agreed to buy 70 per cent stake in Sabic, the region’s biggest chemicals company.

"The partnership with Shell has led to a strong record of performance and delivery of refined products," Abdulaziz Al Judaimi, Saudi Aramco’s senior vice president of downstream said in a statement on Sunday. "Saudi Aramco will take full ownership and integrate the refinery into its growing downstream portfolio.”

The Aramco-Shell transaction is expected to be completed later this year, pending regulatory approval. The Sasref refinery at Jubail has a capacity of 305,000 barrels per day, with liquefied petroleum gas, naphtha, kerosene, diesel, fuel oil and sulphur being its main products.