Affiliates of Saudi Aramco and Shell achieve significant milestone toward separation of Motiva assets

HOUSTON, March 6, 2017 /CNW/ -- Saudi Arabian Oil Company ("Saudi Aramco") and Royal Dutch Shell plc ("Shell") announce today the signing of binding definitive agreements between Saudi Refining, Inc. ("SRI") (a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco) and SOPC Holdings East LLC (a U.S. downstream subsidiary of Shell) on the separation of assets, liabilities and businesses of Motiva Enterprises LLC ("Motiva"). 

This step marks a major milestone toward closing the transaction.  Subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.

Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, Senior Vice President of Downstream, Saudi Aramco, said: "This transaction is well aligned with Aramco's global downstream strategy.  Motiva is a strong competitor among U.S. refiners, and we value this important link with the dynamic U.S. energy sector.  Our intent is to continue providing Motiva with strong financial support as it transitions into a stand-alone downstream affiliate.  We have a long history with the Motiva team, and we're proud of the impressive strides they have made in recent years toward building on the company's core strengths."  

John Abbott, Shell Downstream Director, said: "A simplified, integrated business structure will emerge from this deal for us in the United States and that's consistent with the stated goal of making Shell a world-class investment opportunity.  We have today created a set of assets that plays to our strengths.  This portfolio upgrade will increase optionality and strengthen Shell's Downstream business."

The discontinuation of the joint venture and redistribution of the assets allows each company to focus its downstream business.  Per the terms of the non-binding letter of intent the partners signed in March 2016, both companies have evaluated options and through constructive and successful negotiations selected an optimal deal structure to divide and transfer Motiva Enterprises LLC's assets, liabilities and businesses between the companies.  The final negotiated transaction includes the following:

  • SRI will assume full ownership of the Motiva Enterprises LLC name and legal entity, including the refinery at Port Arthur, Texas and 24 distribution terminals. Additionally, Motiva will have the right to exclusively sell Shell-branded gasoline and diesel in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., as well as the eastern half of Texas and the majority of Florida.
  • Shell will assume sole ownership of the Norco, La., refinery (where Shell operates a chemicals plant), the Convent, La., refinery, 11 distribution terminals, and Shell-branded markets in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, a portion of the Florida panhandle, and the North-eastern region of the U.S. These assets will be fully integrated with Shell's downstream business in North America.

Dan Romasko, Motiva President and CEO, said: "We are nearing completion of our preparations to support stand-alone operations upon transaction close.  As always, we remain focused on safe and profitable operations and serving our customers exceptionally well." 

Both Motiva owners are fully committed to supporting the venture during this period of transition and assuring excellent customer service and continued health, safety and environmental performance.  Owner financing support arrangements for Motiva will remain in place throughout the transition, and both parties are committed to maintaining Motiva's balance sheet strength and liquidity.

Additional Notes to the Editor:

  • The refining assets from Motiva that will be owned and operated by Shell include the 230,000 barrel per day Convent refinery in St. James Parish, Louisiana and the 235,000 barrel per day Norco refinery, is located in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.
  • The refining asset retained by Motiva is the 600,000 barrel per day Port Arthur refinery located in Port Arthur, Texas.
  • Distribution terminals, retail assets, branded and commercial customer agreements have been divided by geography in a way to ensure each partner has an integrated and robust business.

About Saudi Aramco

  • Saudi Aramco is a world leader in integrated energy and chemicals. We are driven by the core belief that energy is opportunity. From producing approximately one in every eight barrels of the world's crude oil supply to developing new energy technologies, our global team is dedicated to creating positive impact in all that we do. We focus on making our resources more sustainable and more useful. This promotes long-term economic growth and prosperity around the world.
  • Saudi Aramco subsidiaries and affiliates have operated in the U.S. for more than 60 years.

About Shell

  • Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 18,000 people.

About Motiva Enterprises LLC

  • Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva Enterprises LLC refines, distributes and markets petroleum products. With three refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, Motiva has a combined capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. The company's marketing operations support a network of approximately 8,400 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the eastern and southern United States. Motiva is owned equally by affiliates of Saudi Aramco and Shell Oil Company.

Cautionary note

The companies in which Royal Dutch Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. In this announcement "Shell", "Shell group" and "Royal Dutch Shell" are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words "we", "us" and "our" are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies. ''Subsidiaries'', "Shell subsidiaries" and "Shell companies" as used in this announcement refer to companies over which Royal Dutch Shell plc  either directly or indirectly has control. Entities and unincorporated arrangements over which Shell has joint control are generally referred to as "joint ventures" and "joint operations" respectively.  Entities over which Shell has significant influence but neither control nor joint control are referred to as "associates". The term "Shell interest" is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect ownership interest held by Shell in a venture, partnership or company, after exclusion of all third-party interest.

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