July 8, 2019 [Tank News International] – Saudi Aramco is advancing its global chemicals growth strategy with the inauguration of S-Oil’s new Residue Upgrading Complex and Olefin Downstream Complex.
The new facilities feature the latest refinery technologies, which have raised S-Oil’s petrochemical portion from 8 percent to 13 percent and includes high-value products such as propylne and gasoline.
“Today’s [June 26] inauguration marks a historic moment for both S-Oil and Saudi Aramco. S-Oil serves as a role model for Saudi Aramco’s international downstream strategy and plays an important role by providing the vital energy needed for economic growth in South Korea. These two new facilities will supply high-value products to major Korean industries, whose global brands are part of our everyday lives and rank among the world’s very best in technology, innovation, creativity, and quality,” said Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser.
The inauguration also included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies to collaborate on a $6 billion Steam Cracker & Olefin Downstream Project which is expected to be completed by 2024. The new world class steam cracker will produce ethylene and other basic chemicals out of naphtha and refinery off-gas.
This new agreement supports Saudi Aramco’s plan to increase its global petrochemicals footprint over the next decade. It will further include the deployment of Saudi Aramco’s Thermal Crude-to-Chemicals Technology, shifting S-OIL’s focus from “oil to chemicals” to better position the company in the future energy market.