Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group officially informed that successfully completed the sale of a 17% stake in oil refiner Hyundai Oilbank to Saudi Aramco. Specifically, Saudi Aramco purchased about $1.2 billion to buy the oil refiner, as the deal was first unveiled several months ago before the final decision.
Norway is playing an active role in the oil sector as more Norwegian oil from Johan Sverdrup is arriving in Asia, being a challenge to similar crudes coming from Africa and South America. If Johan Sverdrup continues attracting refiners, there is a high possibility that it will jeopardise exports of its rival grades to the world’s top crude-consuming region.
According to New York Times, India increased the cost estimate of a refinery and petrochemical project, that will be jointly constructed by Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, by more than 36%, following farmers’ protests on relocating the plant. The project is to be commissioned in 2025.
EIA published that the implementation of new regulations on marine fuel will affect crude oil and petroleum product markets the following decade. The Administration focuses mainly on the long-term implications of the market changes that will involve changes to ships, marine fuels, refining, and some infrastructure in the next six to eight years.
Saudi Aramco aims to invest up to $1.6 billion for about for up to 19.9% of Hyundai Oilbank from Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, which owns 91.13% of Hyundai Oilbank. The latter has 650,000 barrels per day of refining capacity in the southwestern city of Daesan and plans to expand its petrochemical business. Saudi Aramco will probably value Hyundai Oilbank at 10 trillion won, or 36,000 won per share.
According to EIA’s report, global oil refining capacity is expected to increase rapidly, resulting to a product boost from diesel, to gasoline, to marine fuel. The capacity will grow by 2.6 million barrels per day and the demand for the refined products will be approximately on 1.1 million barrels per day.
Output cuts in oil-rich Alberta and Saudi Arabia result to leaving heavy-crude refiners from the Gulf of Mexico to Asia in a challenging position. The Saudis are expected to mostly focus on paring output of heavy crude as they lead efforts to rebalance the global market, according to Bloomberg. Although curtailments in Canada have driven local prices at a record in almost a decade, others as Arab Heavy and Heavy Louisiana Sweet are also gaining a powerful position.
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