2009/5/11 Reuters

Kuwait says Shell, Dow to hold 20 pct in China JV

Royal Dutch Shell and Dow Chemical will each hold a 10 percent stake in Kuwait's joint venture with China's Sinopec Corp, Kuwait's oil minister said on Monday.

Sheikh Ahmad al-Abdullah al-Sabah told the official Kuwait News Agency the plant, which would be completed in 2013, would raise the OPEC member's oil exports to China to 500,000 barrels per day.

Sheikh Ahmad said Kuwait's stake in the plant would be
30 percent while it's Chinese partner will own half of the plant which will process 300,000 bpd of Kuwait's crude oil.


May 11, 2009 (Bloomberg)

Sinopec, Kuwait to Build $9 Billion Refining Venture

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. and Kuwait
fs national oil company will build a $9 billion refining complex in southern Guangdong province that may be the biggest foreign venture in the industry.

Sinopec, as China Petroleum is known, will hold the largest stake and the project will include a third partner, Huang Wensheng, the Beijing-based spokesman of Asia
fs biggest refiner, said by telephone today. Either BP Plc or Royal Dutch Shell Plc may be an investor, Zhang Guobao, the head of Chinafs National Energy Administration, said yesterday.

Kuwait, the fifth-largest supplier of crude oil to China, has been in talks to build the plant since at least 2004 and an agreement was reached after the Chinese government deregulated fuel prices to ensure refiners a profit. The complex overtakes Exxon Mobil Corp.
fs $5 billion Fujian project as Chinafs biggest refining venture with an overseas partner. Exxonfs project was concluded in 2007 after 12 years of negotiations.

gWhen you consider that Sinopecfs capital expenditure this year is about 111 billion yuan ($16.2 billion) then $9 billion total investment is a very big number,h said Wang Aochao, an analyst at UOB-Kay Hian in Shanghai.

Sinopec shares fell 4.3 percent to close at HK$6.07 in Hong Kong trading after climbing as much as 3.2 percent. The stock has advanced 29 percent this year compared with the 19 percent gain in the benchmark Hang Seng index.

Li Lusha, Shell
fs China manager of media relations, and BPfs Beijing-based spokesman Michael Zhao, declined to comment about the venture.

Capital Expenditure

Sinopec plans to increase capital expenditure by 4 percent this year, with spending on refining rising about 35 percent, the company said last month in a statement. The refiner is boosting investments in oil processing after China introduced in December a price mechanism for setting gasoline and diesel prices that takes into account the cost of crude oil and a 5 percent profit for refiners.

Kuwait and China signed accords to cooperate in oil and gas, transportation, education and environment protection over the weekend. Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah is in Beijing until May 13.

Exxon will triple the oil refining capacity of the Fujian plant to 240,000 barrels a day. A so-called steam cracker will produce 800,000 tons a year of ethylene. The other plants will produce 800,000 tons a year of polyethylene, 400,000 tons a year of polypropylene and there will be an aromatics complex based on a 700,000 tons-a-year paraxylene unit.

Refining Capacity

By comparison, the Kuwaiti venture in Guangdong will have a refining capacity of
300,000 barrels a day, Kuwait News Agency reported April 28, citing the countryfs oil minister. No other details were available.

The project
fs location may be moved to Zhanjiang from an earlier plan of Guangzhou, Zhang told reporters yesterday, adding talks between the companies are still continuing. The plant will include an oil refinery and an ethylene plant and the complex should be built away from gbig cities,h he said.

Kuwait Petroleum wants to be among the top five oil suppliers to the world
fs fastest-growing economy in three years, Fahad al-Shatti, a Beijing-based sales representative, said in April 2008.

China Petroleum signed a 116.9 million-dinar ($402 million) five-year contract with Kuwait to build five oil rigs in the Gulf state, Kuwait Petroleum Chairman Sami al-Rushaid said last month.

The contract is part of Kuwait
fs plan to boost oil output to 4 million barrels a day by 2020. The Persian Gulf nation, the fifth-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, pumped 2.095 million barrels a day in April, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.