• Eni acquires 20 per cent of ADNOC Refining for $3.24 billion

    Eni and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) today announced they have closed their strategic partnership, announced in January, through which Eni acquired a 20 per cent equity interest in ADNOC refining.

    The final cash price is approximately $3.24 billion. The partners, including Austria’s OMV, also set up a new trading joint venture.

    ADNOC Refining refines over 922,000 barrels per day of crude at its Ruwais and Abu Dhabi based refineries. The transaction is one of the world’s largest-ever in the refining business and reflects the scale, quality and growth potential of ADNOC Refining’s assets, Eni said in a statement.

    Ruwais is the 4th biggest single-site refinery in the world and is the focus of further expansion and integration to develop the world’s largest single-site refining and petrochemicals complex. Expanding its refining and petrochemical operations at Ruwais supports ADNOC as it evolves to become a leading global downstream player.

    ADNOC, Eni and OMV have now incorporated a new trading joint venture at Abu Dhabi Global Market, with the same shareholding as in ADNOC Refining. Trading is expected to begin in 2020 when all necessary processes, procedures and systems are in place.

    Eni and OMV will provide ADNOC with the know-how, operational experience and support to accelerate the development of the trading joint venture, enabling ADNOC and its partners to optimize their systems and better manage their international product flows.

    “These agreements demonstrate the strong partnership between Eni and ADNOC. With this transaction, Eni enters the UAE downstream sector and increases its global refining capacity by 35 per cent. It follows the company’s strategy of making Eni’s overall portfolio more geographically diversified and more balanced along the value chain,” Eni said.

    Eni has been present in the UAE upstream sector since March 2018 when it was awarded a 10 per cent interest in ADNOC’s Umm Shaif and Nasr concession and a 5 per cent interest in the Lower Zakum concession, followed in November 2018 by the award of a 25 percent interest in the Ghasha Concession, ADNOC’s mega offshore sour gas project.

    On 12 January this year, Eni was awarded a 70 per cent interest in offshore exploration blocks 1 and 2. In addition to the United Arab Emirates, in the Middle East Eni is also present in Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon and Iraq.

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