Aramco and Sinopec strengthen ties with potential downstream collaboration in China
Feasibility of a potential downstream collaboration in China to be investigated.
On March 8, Aramco, through its Saudi Aramco Asia Company Limited (SAAC) subsidiary, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) for potential downstream collaboration in China.
SAAC and Sinopec will also strive to support Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Company Ltd. (FREP) in conducting a feasibility study into the optimization and expansion of capacity.
This MoU provides a basis for continued downstream collaboration between Aramco and Sinopec, capitalizing on each company’s strengths and their long-term relationship through existing joint ventures, namely FREP and Sinopec Senmei (Fujian) Petroleum Company (SSPC) in China, and the Yanbu’ Aramco Sinopec Refining Company in Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani, Aramco senior vice president of Downstream, said: “This MoU represents an exciting new chapter in our long-standing relationship with Sinopec. Such collaborations promote our downstream integration and expansion strategy in Asia and support our broader objectives of becoming a global leader in liquids to chemicals, and a resilient and reliable supplier of one of the lowest upstream carbon intensity oils to meet China’s growing demand.”
Yu Baocai, president of Sinopec Corporation, said: “Sinopec and Aramco enjoy a long history bookmarked by numerous examples of successful cooperation, which continues to strengthen our strategic relationship. Both companies cooperate in mutually beneficial crude trading, refining and chemical joint ventures, engineering services as well as science and technology research and development.
Together, such collaboration represents a model of energy cooperation between China and Saudi Arabia. The signing of this MoU will support our refinery feedstock optimization and downstream petrochemical development, while offering new opportunities to deepen and expand activity amid an accelerating global energy transition,” he said.