Saudi oil giant Aramco will buy an equity stake in Malaysian firm Petronas' major refining and petrochemical project, pumping in $7 billion in its biggest downstream investment outside the kingdom, the companies said on Tuesday.
The deal will boost Aramco's downstream business ahead of a planned initial public offering next year and also bolsters Malaysia's state-controlled Petroliam Nasional Bhd—known as Petronas—after it cut spending because of the slump in oil prices, Reuters reported. In a joint statement, the firms said Aramco will take a 50% stake in select ventures and assets in the refinery and petrochemical integrated development project developed by Petronas. Signing of the deal was witnessed by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Saudi King Salman, currently on a state visit to Malaysia—the first in over a decade. "Malaysia offers tremendous growth opportunities and today's agreement further strengthens Saudi Aramco's position as the leading supplier of petroleum feedstock to Malaysia and Southeast Asia," Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said.
The value of Iran’s non-oil goods exported to the littoral states of the Persian Gulf in the past 8 months register a 38% increase, compared with the corresponding period in the last year, surpassing a total of $6.5 billion.
Unipec, the trading arm of Chinese state oil major Sinopec and China’s largest buyer of US crude oil until recently, is set to resume purchases from the United States “very soon,” and volumes are likely to be significant, a senior Unipec executive told S&P Global Platts on Saturday.
OPEC may be about to succeed by accident, again. Unplanned supply losses from members Iran and Venezuela could effectively double the intended cutback of 800,000 bpd OPEC pledged last week, according to the International Energy Agency, Bloomberg reported.
Oman will cut oil output by 2% from January for an initial period of six months, according to a letter sent to customers of Omani oil by the country’s oil and gas ministry.
Japanese refiners will start buying Iranian crude oil in January, but will only continue buying until March to make sure they don’t get on the bad side of Washington in case the 180-day sanction waivers are not extended, S&P Global Platts reports, citing the head of the country’s Petroleum Association.
Head of the Iranian Steel Producers Association (ISPA) Bahram Sobhani announced that Iran is capable of producing 25 million tons of steel in the current fiscal year (ends March 21, 2019) despite the US sanctions re-imposed against Tehran.