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Saudi Aramco leases fuel storage facility in Fujairah

Deal to boost companies’ trading portfolio

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Dubai: State giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co., or Saudi Aramco, said on Sunday its trading unit has leased a fuel storage facility at the UAE port of Fujairah to boost its trading portfolio.

The unit, known as Saudi Aramco Product Trading Co., or Aramco Trading, inked the agreement with Vopak Horizon Fujairah, Aramco said in an emailed statement but didn’t give further details.

“Aramco Trading will use the fuel storage facility to optimise its trading portfolio as parent Saudi Aramco’s downstream investment portfolio expands in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and overseas,” it said.

The oil giant launched Aramco Trading in January last year to replace its marketing department in a bid to maximise its downstream integration.

The unit deals with sales and purchases of refined petroleum products such as condensates, naphtha, gasoline, middle distillate fuels, fuel oil and residual products as well as bulk petrochemical products.

Saudi Aramco, which is fully owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world. It has activities in exploration and production, refining, distribution, shipping and marketing.

Aside from being the world’s top crude-oil exporter, Saudi Arabia also exports significant amounts of naphtha, gasoil and fuel oil while sometimes importing gasoline.