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Saudi Aramco makes IPO offer to Petronas

November 08/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Aramco has approached Malaysian state energy company Petronas to participate in Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO), Petronas said, as the Middle Eastern oil giant seeks cornerstone investors for the listing, said Reuters.

The Saudi government plans to sell 2% of state-run Aramco, the world’s most profitable company, in a domestic listing on Dec. 11, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The approach comes as Petronas, officially known as Petroliam Nasional Bhd, nears the start of commercial operations at a USD27 billion refinery and petrochemical project built jointly with Aramco in southern Malaysia.

“We have been recently approached by representatives of Saudi Aramco to consider Petronas’ participation in its initial public offering exercise,” Petronas, the Malaysian government’s cash cow, told Reuters.

:However, we will not be providing any further comments on this matter at this time."

Aramco’s much-vaunted IPO was delayed as deal advisers said they needed more time to lock in cornerstone, or anchor, investors such as sovereign wealth funds. In 2016, state-owned Postal Savings Bank of China sold 77% of its USD7.4 billion IPO to such backers.

Reuters reported in September that Aramco had approached Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Singapore’s GIC and other sovereign wealth funds to invest in the domestic leg of its listing.

Abu Dhabi’s state investor Mubadala Investment Co has also been approached by Aramco’s advisers.

Asked about its interest in the Aramco IPO, Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd told Reuters it “does not have any investments in the oil and gas sector".

As MRC informed earlier, Saudi Aramco, which temporarily lost half of its oil production following the September 14 attacks on two key oil facilities, is running its local refineries at full capacity and is forging ahead with plans to start up new refineries. The company is also starting up a joint venture refinery in Malaysia next year. According to Aramco's bond prospectus released in April, the refining and petrochemical joint venture with Petronas - the Malaysian national oil company - collectively known as PRefChem, was supposed to start this year.

The PRefChem joint venture includes a 300,000 b/d refinery, an integrated steam cracker with capacity to produce 1.3 million mt of ethylene located in Johor, Malaysia. Aramco was supposed to provide a significant portion of PRefChem's crude supply under a long-term supply agreement. Jazan and PrefChem will help Aramco reach a gross refining capacity of 5.6 million b/d, it said in the prospectus. The company currently owns and has stakes in four refineries abroad with a total refining capacity exceeding 2 million b/d.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,436,390 tonnes in the first eight months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, the PP consumption in the Russian market was 909,260 tonnes in January-August 2019, up by 10% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.

Saudi Aramco is an integrated oil and chemicals company, a global leader in hydrocarbon production, refining processes and distribution, as well as one of the largest global oil exporters. It manages proven reserves of crude oil and condensate estimated at 261.1bn barrels, and produces 9.54 million bbl daily. Headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the company employs over 61,000 staff in 77 countries.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PE, ethylene, propylene, Saudi Aramco.
Category:General News
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