PetroRabigh signs SR19.4bn loan for expansion

Updated 17 March 2015
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PetroRabigh signs SR19.4bn loan for expansion

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's PetroRabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, has signed loans worth SR19.4 billion ($5.2 billion) for the expansion of its petrochemicals complex, it said on Tuesday.
The move reflects the Kingdom's determination to diversify its economy even after lower oil prices caused some regional petrochemical and energy projects to stall.
News of the financing initially sent PetroRabigh shares soaring 5.9 percent to SR24, before they fell back to trade 3.9 percent up at 1030 GMT.
The scheme's cost is now estimated at SR30 billion, it said, a further revision to the price, which was scaled up to SR32 billion last May from the original SR26.3 billion.
It gave no reason for the latest revision.
The total loan, maturing in June 2031, includes SR7.5 billion from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and SR4.9 billion from the state-owned Public Investment Fund, a statement from the firm said.
The rest is from a consortium of local and international banks, who would respectively put in 3.5 billion riyals. Among the funders were Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Saudi British Bank and Al-Rajhi Bank.
The statement added a SR7.5 billion equity bridge loan had also been agreed, which will mature in 2019 and be guaranteed by Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical. Usually, such a facility is to cover initial construction and start-up costs.
Both parent companies will put in 100 billion yen ($824.7 million) each, Sumitomo President Masakazu Tokura said in November 2013.
The project, situated on the Kingdom's Red Sea coast, has been uncertain since it was first mooted in 2009, despite Aramco and Sumitomo giving a final go-ahead in 2012.
The completion of the financing is also notable as falling oil prices have seen some Gulf projects shelved, including the $6.4 billion Al-Karaana petrochemical project in Qatar and
Aramco's $2 billion clean fuels plant at its largest oil refinery in Ras Tanura.
The expanded facility was expected to start production in the first half of 2016, it said. It will increase output and introduce higher-margin products.
Phase II will be able to produce five million tons of petrochemicals and 15 million tons of petroleum products annually.
PetroRabigh's existing plant can produce an annual 18 million tons of refined products and 2.4 million tons of petrochemical products.


South Korea: Japan dispute to hit global technology companies

Updated 17 July 2019
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South Korea: Japan dispute to hit global technology companies

  • Japan’s steps are inconsistent with World Trade Organization principles, South Korean government source says

SEOUL: Export curbs Japan imposed in its dispute with South Korea will adversely affect global technology companies and hurt the operations of tech giant Samsung in the Texas state capital of Austin, a South Korean government source said on Wednesday.
Japan’s steps are inconsistent with World Trade Organization principles, but South Korea wants to resolve the dispute through dialogue, the source told reporters in Seoul, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss negotiations.
If Japan goes so far as to drop South Korea from its “white list” of countries with minimum trade restrictions, it would cause a “tremendous amount of problems,” the source added.