Aramco, PETRONAS Chemicals sign SPA to boost petchem projects in Malaysia

The partnership marks a strategic, mutually beneficial relationship that will provide Pengerang Integrated Complex with high-impact strengths and synergies from both Saudi Aramco and PETRONAS Chemicals Group.

The petrochemical projects in Pengerang Integrated Complex is one of the largest growth projects for PETRONAS Chemicals Group. (Image for illustration only. Image courtesy: PETRONAS Chemicals Group)
The petrochemical projects in Pengerang Integrated Complex is one of the largest growth projects for PETRONAS Chemicals Group. (Image for illustration only. Image courtesy: PETRONAS Chemicals Group)

Saudi Aramco has entered into a strategic partnership with PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) to enhance the value and competitive positioning of its petrochemical projects within the PETRONAS Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in the southern Malaysian state of Johor.

The partnership marks a strategic, mutually beneficial relationship that will provide PIC with high-impact strengths and synergies from both Saudi Aramco and PCG.

Under the terms of the venture’s share purchase agreement (SPA), signed between PCG and Saudi Aramco’s Aramco Overseas Holding Cooperatif U.A. (AOHC) subsidiary, the parties have equal ownership in PRPC Polymers Sdn Bhd (PRPC Polymers) within PIC.

The signing of this agreement with PCG is another positive milestone for Saudi Aramco after the signing of the SPA with PCG’s parent company PETRONAS during the visit of King Salman to Malaysia in February.

The agreement was signed by Said Al-Hadrami, vice president, international operations, Saudi Aramco, and Datuk Sazali Hamzah, vice president, PETRONAS, and managing director and CEO, PCG.

"This venture leverages the historic partnership between Saudi Aramco and PETRONAS that was recently sealed during the visit of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Malaysia. Given PCG’s strength in the region’s petrochemical sector, Saudi Aramco is proud to be entering into a deeper, mutually beneficial partnership in PIC,” said Al-Hadrami.

“This agreement strengthens Saudi Aramco’s position and growth in South East Asia through crude supply and world-scale downstream operations. Through this venture, we will also achieve a high degree of integration between refining and petrochemicals, with petrochemicals production greater than 10% of crude intake,” added Al-Hadrami.

“It is also in tandem with our downstream growth strategy where we are investing in a global refining and petrochemicals system of strategically located world-scale manufacturing complexes with participated refining capacity of several million barrels per day,” remarked Al-Hadrami.

“The petrochemical projects in PIC is one of the largest growth projects for PCG and PETRONAS’ largest downstream investment on a single site to date. The signing of this agreement is truly a momentous milestone for the industry as it brings together two key leaders in petrochemicals, entering into a partnership in a world-scale greenfield project. We are proud to be joining hands with Saudi Aramco, a world leader in integrated energy and chemicals with an unrivalled track record in mega project execution and efficiency,” commented Hamzah.

Referencing its petrochemical projects in PIC, Hamzah said: “As at August 2017, the PIC development is at about 75% overall project progress and the first petrochemical production is expected to commence after the completion of the refinery, which is scheduled in 2019. The petrochemical projects within the PIC are currently progressing as planned.”

“We are putting a lot of effort into PIC readiness. By 2020, our petrochemical projects under PIC will provide a strong foundation for us to move into derivatives and specialty chemicals. Beyond 2020, PCG will also focus on assessing opportunities in downstream derivatives and specialty chemicals at Pengerang, Kertih, Gebeng and East Malaysia,” concluded Hamzah.

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