ADNOC’s new trading unit to play ‘critical role’ in expansion plans

ADNOC logos on display at GASTECH, in Chiba, Japan. ADNOC has set up a new unit for trading crude oil and refined products as part of its strategy to maximize returns on every barrel of oil produced and drive revenue from new business streams. (Reuters)
Updated 23 April 2018
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ADNOC’s new trading unit to play ‘critical role’ in expansion plans

  • ADNOC CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber: “As ADNOC grows and expands its upstream and downstream businesses, we will produce more products, and in turn, our marketing, sales and trading function will play an even more critical role.”
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“Engaging in non-speculative trading will allow us to maximize value from our domestic and, over time, international downstream operations.”

LONDON: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has set up a new unit for trading crude oil and refined products as part of its strategy to maximize returns on every barrel of oil produced and drive revenue from new business streams.

“As ADNOC grows and expands its upstream and downstream businesses, we will produce more products, and in turn, our marketing, sales and trading function will play an even more critical role,” said Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and ADNOC Group CEO.



“Engaging in non-speculative trading will allow us to maximize value from our domestic and, over time, international downstream operations,” added Al Jaber.

The news comes as ADNOC is pushing forward with its plans to expand its downstream business in anticipation of the growth in the global petrochemicals sector.

“Looking out over the next two decades, we anticipate the sharpest growth within the energy sector will be petrochemicals, with demand forecast to climb 150 percent by 2040,” Al Jaber said.

“To capitalize on this opportunity and make ADNOC more resilient against possible price volatility, our goal is to become a major global downstream player, creating a strong pull for our products, combined with the flexibility to respond quickly to shifting market needs,” he said in an official statement.

ADNOC announced last November it was planning to invest more than 400 billion dirhams ($109 billion) over the next five years to increase its domestic refining, gas and petrochemicals businesses as well as expand its international downstream operations.

The firm is expected to set out its plans for downstream growth at an investment forum being held in Abu Dhabi in May.

ADNOC’s 2030 strategy — approved in 2016 — aims to increase petrochemical production from 4.5 million tons per year in 2016 to 11.4 mtpa by 2025.


New Zealand to conduct own assessment of Huawei equipment risk

Updated 18 February 2019
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New Zealand to conduct own assessment of Huawei equipment risk

  • Huawei faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government
  • Several Western countries had restricted Huawei’s access to their markets

WELLINGTON: New Zealand will independently assess the risk of using China’s Huawei Technologies in 5G networks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday after a report suggested that British precautions could be used by other nations.
Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and US-led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.
No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the allegations, which have led several Western countries to restrict Huawei’s access to their markets.
The Financial Times reported on Sunday that the British government had decided it can mitigate the risks arising from the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks. It said Britain’s conclusion would “carry great weight” with European leaders and other nations could use similar precautions.
New Zealand’s intelligence agency in November rejected an initial request from telecommunications services provider Spark to use 5G equipment provided by Huawei.
At the time, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) gave Spark options to mitigate national security concerns over the use of Huawei equipment, Ardern said on Monday.
“The ball is now in their court,” she told a weekly news conference.
Ardern said New Zealand, which is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network that includes the United Kingdom and the United States, would conduct its own assessment.
“I would expect the GCSB to apply with our legislation and our own security assessments. It is fair to say Five Eyes, of course, share information but we make our own independent decisions,” she said.
Huawei New Zealand did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Spark said it was in discussions with GCSB officials.
“We are working through what possible mitigations we might be able to provide to address the concerns raised by the GCSB and have not yet made any decision on whether or when we should submit a revised proposal to GCSB,” Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie said in an emailed statement.
The Huawei decision, along with the government’s tougher stance on China’s growing influence in the Pacific, has some politicians and foreign policy analysts worried about potential strained ties with a key trading partner.
Ardern’s planned first visit to Beijing has faced scheduling issues, and China last week postponed a major tourism campaign in New Zealand days before its launch.
Ardern said her government’s relationship with China was strong despite some complex issues.
“Visits are not a measure of the health of a relationship they are only one small part of it,” she said, adding that trade and tourism ties remained strong.