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Aramco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) covering a number of areas of potential collaboration in Saudi Arabia  

Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani reduced Aramco Senior Vice President of DownstreamMohammed Y. Al Qahtani, Aramco senior vice president of Downstream. (Image source: Aramco)

These include assessing refining and petrochemical integration opportunities; engineering, procurement and construction; oilfield services, upstream and downstream technologies as well as collaboration across carbon capture and hydrogen processes.

The companies will also look at the establishment of a local manufacturing hub in King Salman Energy Park.

The MoU builds on existing joint ventures between the two companies, including Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Company (FREP) and Sinopec Senmei (Fujian) Petroleum Company (SSPC) in China, and Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF) in Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani, Aramco senior vice president of Downstream, said, “We are delighted to be able to extend our relationship with Sinopec and leverage our mutual strength and reach while creating a path to bring our long-standing cooperation in China to our facilities in Saudi Arabia. This latest collaboration will help to further advance our strategic relationship with Sinopec into key areas of mutual benefit within the Kingdom.”

Yu Baocai, president of Sinopec Corp., said, “Aramco is a very important partner of Sinopec. The two companies have yielded fruitful collaborations and developed deep friendship over the years. The signing of the MOU introduces a new chapter of our partnership in the Kingdom. The two companies will join hands in renewing the vitality and scoring new progress of the Belt and Road Initiative and Vision 2030.”