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Maharashtra’s Chief Minister yesterday informed about identifying a new site for the proposed $44 billion oil refinery built by a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, ADNOC and state-run oil firms. Maharashtra has selected Raigad district, about 100 kms from Mumbai for the refinery. The 1.2 million bpd refinery and associated petrochemical complex, which was earlier supposed to be constructed in Ratnagiri, faced vehement protests from the farmers in the region.
Heads of Agreement has been signed between NOVATEK, Sinopec and Gazprombank. This joint venture will focus on marketing LNG and natural gas to end-customers in China. The decision of forming JV was taken during the official visit of the President of the People’s Republic of China to the Russian Federation. NOVATEK's Chairman said, "This represents another step in implementing our long-term strategy across the entire value chain”.
Chairman of GAIL has informed that the gas firm has signed an initial agreement with energy giant ExxonMobil. Both the companies will jointly work to explore ways of supplying natural gas to power and transportation sector in India. This venture will help with the expansion of the gas business in the country. Further, GAIL is also competing to buy IL&FS’s 874 MW operational wind energy assets.
If sources were to be believed, ExxonMobil and state-owned GAIL (India) Ltd are in talks to form a joint venture in the country. Exxon’s renewed focus on India is an acknowledgment of the rising energy consumption in India. Chairman and MD at GAIL said, “The discussions are on. We are likely to make an announcement in a fortnight or so,".
In a statement released yesterday, oil giant Saudi Aramco informed that it will buy out Shell’s stake in refining joint venture SASREF for approximately $631 million. The Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co. (SASREF) facility holds a processing capacity of 305,000 barrels of crude oil per day. While the acquisition is in part of Aramco’s downstream expansion strategy, it falls in line with Shell’s renewed focus on lower carbon businesses.
OMV and ADNOC have agreed to work together in the petrochemical sector. Both companies will look for better opportunities and will make use of OMV's recycling expertise. Austria's energy company has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to ADNOC for 15% stakes in its refining business. Further, both the companies have signed two MoUs to explore future projects and set up a JV.
Dana Gas has awarded a deep-water drilling services contract in the Egyptian Mediterranean basin to ADES International. ADES’ subsidiary ADES S.A.E. entered the agreement, with services being provided by Vantage’s Tungsten Explorer drillship. The services will be subcontracted to the JV between ADES and Vantage Drilling, ADVantage. The contract includes one firm well and is slated for completion in 77 days.
Oilfield service giant, Schlumberger and Rockwell Automation have inked an agreement to establish a joint venture, Sensia. The first fully integrated digital oilfield automation solutions provider, Sensia will offer its users scalable, cloud and edge-enabled process automation. The deal is expected to close soon, and the JV will begin operation, in the summer of 2019. While Rockwell Automation owns 53% in the JV, Schlumberger possesses 47% interest in the partnership.
Qatar-based Nakilat has entered into an agreement with EPC giant, McDermott to form a joint venture, which will provide onshore and offshore fabrication services in Qatar. The formation of the joint venture is in line with Qatar’s recent localisation program, which aims at enhancing the resilience of the energy sector’s supply chain. The strategic partnership will boost productivity levels at Nakilat’s world-class Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard.
Australia-based Sheffield Resources has contracted the joint venture between Woodside and Energy Developments (EDL) to supply LNG to the Thunderbird mineral sands project. According to the 15-year deal, the JV will deliver 1950 terajoules of LNG annually to the project. LNG will be supplied from Woodside’s Pluto facility through a road tanker fleet. The Thunderbird project has a mine life of 42 years, and production will begin in 2020.
Saudi Aramco has concluded the purchase of 50% stakes in the Netherlands-based Arlanxeo joint venture (JV). Aramco has now gained full ownership of the synthetic rubber company. The oil major bought the stakes from Lanxess in a €1.5bn deal. Proceedings from the transaction will allow Lanxess to reduce financial debt. Arlanxeo, which produces synthetic rubber and elastomers, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.
McDermott International and BHGE have signed a MoU with Western Gas Corporation Pty Ltd, announced America’s multinational EPC Company. These two companies will be the exclusive development partners for the Equus Gas Project in Western Australia. Work scope of this contract will include advancement of pre-FEED and FEED to final investment decision (FID). BHGE and McDermott will commence EPCIC after FID for the entire field development.
Shell Overseas Holdings Limited, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell, has completed its sale of shares in Shell E&P Ireland Limited to Nephin Energy Holdings Limited. It holds 45% interest in the Corrib gas venture, worth up to $1.30 billion. This sale is in line with Shell’s target of divestment for 2016-2018. Shell will retain its presence in Ireland through its JV with Topaz Aviation Ireland Limited.
Australian oil major, Santos’ JV with supermajor, Shell has secured new acreage in Queensland’s key gas-producing Surat and Bowen Basins. Spread across almost 400 sq km of area, exploration activities in the new acreage will aim at the natural gas in deep sandstone reservoirs of the Bowen Basin. Santos is the designated operator of the license.
Director of state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation informed that they had talks with Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) delegation. Both the parties have agreed on a feasibility study for a joint venture project to build an LNG terminal in Bangladesh. At present, Bangladesh imports LNG from Qatar and Oman. The Director also said that “After the study, we will finalise the capacity for the terminal and other related things,”
Petrobras’ subsidiary, Petrobras America Inc. and Murphy Oil Corporation’s subsidiary Murphy Exploration & Production Company have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) comprised of oil producing assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Both the companies will contribute their present assets of Gulf of Mexico, with Murphy having 80% interest and PAI 20%. The production of this JV is expected to be approximately 75,000 boed in fourth-quarter 2018.
Total has announced that the company has signed an agreement with Algeria’s Sonatrach to develop the reserves of Erg Issouane gas field in Algeria. French energy giant has also informed that the development of Erg Issouane will require an investment of $400 million. The two companies are planning to form a JV called Sonatrach Total Entreprise Polymères for a petrochemical project in Arzew.
Bayport Polymers has awarded a contract to McDermott International, Inc. for the development of its new High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), the Borstar Bay3 Project in Texas. Bayport is a JV of Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA and Novealis Holdings LLC. McDermott’s scope of work includes engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction. The capacity of the plant is 625,000 tons/year. The plant will be ready in 2021.