MOSCOW (MRC) -- Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, the UAE's biggest energy producer, and Abu Dhabi conglomerate ADQ will set up an investment platform to fund local chemicals projects amid a push to invest USD45 billion in downstream activities, reported S&P Global.
The joint venture will oversee the development of projects in the planned Ruwais Derivatives Park, which is part of the Ruwais industrial hub in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, ADNOC said in its statement in late July. The venture will allow ADNOC to further its aims to boost operations in petrochemicals and other downstream lines. It didn't disclose funds being made available.
Under the terms of the agreement, ADNOC will hold a 60% stake and the remainder will be held by ADQ, with both companies jointly evaluating and investing in chemical projects. Both companies will reveal the results of a study before the end of this year, with details on opportunities available for investors and partners. ADQ holds stakes in Abu Dhabi companies operating in various fields including transportation, power, real estate, media, healthcare, agriculture and financial services.
"Our partnership with ADQ will expand on existing efforts to maximize the value of our assets in Ruwais, to kick start the development of the UAE's downstream derivatives sector, support the transformation of Ruwais into a global hub for industry and attract additional foreign direct investment," Sultan al-Jaber, ADNOC CEO and UAE minister of industry and advanced technology, said in the statement.
ADNOC revealed in 2018 plans to invest USD45 billion with partners to develop its local downstream activities, including the expansion of its Ruwais refinery and petrochemical capacity in the industrial hub.
The company has courted international investors to expand its oil and gas production and monetize its assets, including the June deal worth more than USD10 billion with a group of investors to sell a 49% stake in its gas pipelines a year after striking a similar transaction for its oil pipelines.
A consortium grouping Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, Singapore 's sovereign wealth fund GIC, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, South Korea 's NH Investment & Securities and Italy's Snam will invest in select ADNOC gas pipeline assets valued at USD20.7 billion.
ADNOC last year clinched a USD5 billion deal with a consortium that includes GIC, BlackRock Inc., KKR & Co and Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund to sell them select pipeline infrastructure and collectively hold a 49% stake in ADNOC Oil Pipelines, a subsidiary of the parent company.
As MRC informed earlier, in early May, 2020, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) began a gradual restart of its Ruwais oil refinery complex after a scheduled maintenance shutdown. The Ruwais complex, which has capacity of 835,000 barrels per day, was shut down early this year, the ADNOC spokesman said.
And in late July 2019, ADNOC said its Ruwais refinery west cracker was offline for maintenance.
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.