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Saudi Aramco Will Build $10b Refinery in China
Saudi Aramco Will Build $10b Refinery in China

Saudi Aramco Will Build $10b Refinery in China

Saudi Aramco Will Build $10b Refinery in China

Saudi Arabian Oil Co. agreed to build a refinery and petrochemical plant in China, deepening ties between world’s biggest oil seller and its largest importer.
Saudi Aramco, as the company is known, and state-owned China North Industries Group Corp. signed an agreement Tuesday for an integrated refining and chemical facility in Liaoning’s Panjin, according to a statement from China North.
The project includes a 15 million tons-a-year (about 300,000 barrels a day) oil refinery, 1 million tons-a-year ethylene cracker, and other chemical projects, Bloomberg reported.
The deal is part of Saudi Aramco’s strategy of investing in refining to help lock in demand for its crude and follows agreements earlier this year for stakes worth $13 billion in refining projects in Malaysia and Indonesia.
The project makes Norinco, as China North is known, a player in the country’s energy industry from primarily being a defense manufacturer. It also allows it to invest in Saudi Arabian industries, including railways, power, mining, telecommunications and oil exploration.
“It is consistent with Saudi Arabia’s policy to diversify their customer base and lock in potential buyers as much as possible, as the global crude glut has turned the game from ‘who can produce more’ to ‘who can sell more,’” said Tian Miao, an analyst at North Square Blue Oak Ltd. in Beijing.
Saudi Aramco is battling for global market share amid challenges posed by US shale oil producers, Russia and fellow members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The kingdom plans to float a 5% stake in Aramco, which Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said is worth $2 trillion.
Chinese refiner China Petroleum & Chemical Corp said it was invited to invest in Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering, Chairman Wang Yupu said in March.
The refinery in Panjin was first approved by Liaoning Province in 2015 and was expected to cost as much as 92.4 billion yuan ($13 billion) and three years to develop, according to local officials.

 

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