Saudi oil giant Aramco will buy an equity stake in Malaysian firm Petronas' major refining and petrochemical project, pumping in $7 billion in its biggest downstream investment outside the kingdom, the companies said on Tuesday.
The deal will boost Aramco's downstream business ahead of a planned initial public offering next year and also bolsters Malaysia's state-controlled Petroliam Nasional Bhd—known as Petronas—after it cut spending because of the slump in oil prices, Reuters reported. In a joint statement, the firms said Aramco will take a 50% stake in select ventures and assets in the refinery and petrochemical integrated development project developed by Petronas. Signing of the deal was witnessed by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Saudi King Salman, currently on a state visit to Malaysia—the first in over a decade. "Malaysia offers tremendous growth opportunities and today's agreement further strengthens Saudi Aramco's position as the leading supplier of petroleum feedstock to Malaysia and Southeast Asia," Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani highlighted the futility of US plots to hit the Islamic Republic’s economy and said Washington has failed in its attempts to cut Tehran’s oil exports down to zero.
Iran has discovered a new oilfield near the southwestern city of Abadan, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Wednesday.
The majority of senior energy industry executives expect to maintain or increase spending this year to meet demand for oil and gas after years of austerity, a survey by DNV GL shows.
The International Monetary Fund Monday cut its forecast for average oil prices to just below $60 per barrel in 2019 from close to $70 per barrel in its last World Economic Outlook in October on concerns about global economic growth.
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Oil prices fell on Monday, in line with weaker stock markets after evidence that economic growth in China, the world’s second largest crude consumer, eased in 2018.