South Korea: Business Acquisition Saudi Aramco to Purchase 17 % Stake in Hyundai Oilbank

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Valued at 1.25 billion dollars, Saudi Aramco aims to strengthen its presence in the South Korean market and support its crude oil placement strategy via this business deal.

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Group photo of the representatives from Saudi Aramco and Hyundai after the signing ceremony of the agreement.
Group photo of the representatives from Saudi Aramco and Hyundai after the signing ceremony of the agreement.
(Source: Saudi Arabian Oil Co.)

Seoul/South Korea – Saudi Aramco and Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings have recently announced that they have reached an agreement for Saudi Aramco’s subsidiary, Aramco Overseas Company (AOC), to purchase a 17 % stake in South Korea's Hyundai Oilbank, a subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings. The investment is valued at approximately 1.25 billion dollars. AOC’s investment in South Korea’s Hyundai Oilbank will support Saudi Aramco’s crude oil placement strategy by providing a dedicated outlet for Arabian crude oil to South Korea.

Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, Saudi Aramco’s Senior Vice President of Downstream, said: “Saudi Aramco continues to strengthen its position in the downstream sector. This acquisition demonstrates our investment in the highly complex refining sector in Asia, and continuous commitment to the region’s energy security and development.”

Judaimi added: The investment supports Saudi Aramco’s broader downstream growth strategy, as well as providing long term crude oil placement supply options and product offtakes as part of our trading business.

Hyundai Oilbank is a private oil refining company established in 1964. The Daesan Complex, where Hyundai Oilbank’s major facilities are located, is a fully integrated refining plant with a processing capacity of 650,000 barrels per day. The business portfolio of Hyundai Oilbank and its 5 subsidiaries includes oil refining, base oil, petrochemicals, and a network of gas stations.

AOC is a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco. It provides support services to Saudi Aramco and, through its investments and joint ventures, forms an integral part of the global Saudi Aramco oil, gas, and chemicals enterprise.

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