SAUDI ARAMCO TOTAL Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP), a company that is 62.5% owned by Saudi Aramco and 37.5% owned by TOTAL signed on June 24, 2010, the finance documents for US $8.5 billion of senior project finance facilities that have been secured for the Jubail refinery.
The availability of the $8.5 billion financing marks another important step in the progress of this 400,000 barrels per day world-class, full conversion refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, which is scheduled to be operational in 2013.
Finances totalling US$8.5 billion were secured from multiple sources including US$4.01 billion from the Public Investment Fund and Export Credit Agencies (covered and direct), and US$4.49 billion from commercial financial institutions.
The senior loan facilities have a tenor of 16 years with an all in pricing of 1.85% (above LIBOR) for the US Dollar commercial and Export Credit Agencies (ECA) covered loan facilities.
The financing has been very well received by a diverse group of local, regional and international banks, with commitments received for over US$13.5 billion.
When completed, the refinery will be one of the most advanced refineries in the world and will process Arabian Heavy crude. Its products will fulfil the most stringent specifications, to meet the rising demand for environmentally-friendly fuels.
The full-conversion refinery will maximize production of diesel and jet fuels and will also produce 700,000 metric tons per year (t/y) of paraxylene, 140,000 t/y of benzene and 200,000 t/y of polymer-grade propylene.
The synergies between Saudi Aramco and TOTAL lie in the fact that both companies bring knowledge and expertise to the joint venture company. Saudi Aramco’s crude oil supply is located near Jubail, a world-class industrial area and TOTAL is an international oil company with a fully integrated value chain and a global presence.