Shell complete SADAF chemicals sale in KSA to SABIC for US$820mn

three people walkingRoyal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden and VP and chairman of Shell in Saudi Arabia Patrick van Daele welcome HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman at Shell Saudi’s 75th celebration last year. (Image source: Shell)Shell has completed the sale of its 50 per cent share in SADAF, the petrochemicals joint venture, located in Al Jubail, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to SABIC for US$820 million

This sale was announced on 22 January 2017. Completion follows anti-trust filings in the relevant countries and regulatory approval from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This acquisition will enable SABIC to optimise operations at SADAF and further invest in the facilities, integrating them with SABIC’s other affiliates. This step will allow Shell to focus its downstream activities and make selective investments to support the growth of its global chemicals business. Completion of this deal shows the clear momentum behind Shell’s global, value-driven US$30bn divestment programme.

Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice President Chemicals, Shell, said: “Our partnership with SABIC, spanning more than thirty years, has been a great success story. We’re proud to have established together one of the first petrochemical ventures in Saudi Arabia - it has grown substantially since the start, in 1986. We will continue to explore potential future opportunities with SABIC.”

Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC Vice chairman and CEO, said, “Since SABIC’s early days, we have enjoyed a strong relationship with Shell Chemicals.  We are confident that our journey of partnership together will continue and grow in strength. With this transaction SABIC is looking to capitalise on synergy opportunities of SADAF with other affiliates, and improve its operation and profitability.”

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