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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Saudi Aramco unit moves to take stake in Rotterdam terminal

Aramco Overseas Company expands its international presence with purchase of stake in Dutch facility

The purchase will grant AOC the ability to increase its offerings in the north-west European refining hub. Saudi Aramco
The purchase will grant AOC the ability to increase its offerings in the north-west European refining hub. Saudi Aramco

Aramco Overseas Company (AOC) has purchased a 16.7 per cent stake in the Maasvlakte Olie terminal in Rotterdam, Holland, from Gunvor Group as the Saudi Arabian firm ramps up overseas investment.

The Saudi Aramco subsidiary did not disclose the terms, but said the sale was expected to be complete by the end of the month.

The purchase will grant AOC the ability to increase its offerings in the north-west European refining hub. “This will complement Saudi Aramco’s export activities in Europe, strengthen the company’s supply chain and enhance its customer services in the region,” the company said.

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Gunvor, an independent commodities trading house, acquired its stake in the terminal through its acquisition of Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam last year.

The company’s divestment is to further develop its Rotterdam refining operations.

The Maasvlakte Olie is a joint venture with BP, ExxonMobil, Kuwait Petroleum, Shell, Total and Vopak making it one of the world’s largest oil terminals holding 39 tanks of crude oil with a total capacity of 28 million barrels, according to the International Energy Agency.

Making a play for a stake in this terminal in one of the world’s largest hubs, will only add to Saudi Aramco’s attractiveness for its upcoming initial public offering.

Earlier this month, Amin Nasser, the Aramco chief executive, said that the company’s priority was to strengthen ties including in oil and gas services, petrochemicals, renewables and advanced tech­nologies.

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