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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.
Exxon’s Rotterdam refinery will undergo several key developments to meet the stringent quality standards in base stocks manufacturing. The upgrade will be the final step in support of the full stream production in 2019. The developments will include new lab facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, implementation of ExxonMobil’s proprietary Global BPIMS, and so on. The improvements are in line with ExxonMobil’s pledge towards product integrity and reliability at the Rotterdam refinery.
In a press conference, Saudi Aramco and a leading chemical company Lanxess announced that the Saudi’s oil giant is interested in procuring Lanxess’s 50% share, worth €1.5 billion, in Arlanxeo. It is a Netherland-based chemical JV of Aramco and Lanxess. After this acquisition, Saudi Aramco will emerge as a fully strengthened company in the entire petroleum value-chain. Also, this will help Arlanxeo gear up the growth in the kingdom.
Dutch multinational, LyondellBasell, is into discussions with Odebrecht to acquire leading plastic producer, Braskem. The two companies jointly talked about sharing a strong culture of operational excellence and legacies of value-creating innovation. The negotiations are into preliminary phase and no agreements have been reached yet. Appropriate diligence, definitive agreements, and corporate approvals are still due.