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New Partnership and Investment Opportunities to be Unveiled at ADNOC’s Downstream Investment Forum in Abu Dhabi on May 13th & 14th

Abu Dhabi, UAE – April 16, 2018: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) today announced its plans to unveil its detailed downstream strategy, expansion plans of the Ruwais Industrial Complex and introduce new partnership and investment opportunities at the ADNOC Downstream Investment Forum, in Abu Dhabi, on May 13th and 14th. ADNOC’s downstream strategy will act as a key catalyst to Abu Dhabi’s economic and diversification plans, attracting foreign direct investment and supporting significant in country value. The company also confirmed the attendance of over 30 global CEOs and over 600 senior business leaders from various sectors.   

The ADNOC Downstream Investment Forum will mark the launch of ADNOC’s new downstream strategy, which aims to take advantage of evolving energy market dynamics and the rising global demand for refined and petrochemical products. ADNOC’s new downstream strategy will enable it to become a leading, global downstream player, positioning both Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a major producer and supplier in the global refining and petrochemicals value chain.

ADNOC’s expansion and new investment in the downstream will accelerate the delivery of its 2030 strategy and create a more flexible, resilient and diverse energy business, optimizing and stretching the dollar from every barrel of oil it produces, and ensuring ADNOC is fit to compete, and lead, in the new energy era. 

The new strategy, which will be anchored around an unprecedented new investment and development program at the integrated Ruwais refining and petrochemicals complex, in Abu Dhabi, will build on the location’s unique strengths and advantages: increasing its range and output of high-value products, attracting new partners and technologies, driving further diversification, and acting as a major catalyst for economic development and growth in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. This new investment program will also significantly boost ADNOC’s contribution to the UAE’s In-Country Value creation initiative, including ADNOC’s strong and ongoing support of the UAE’s private sector. This new initiative, fully in line with ADNOC’s previously expanded partnership and investment model, is expected to attract significant foreign direct investment and international investor interest due to the uniqueness, quality and scale of the new investment and partnership opportunities. Mutually beneficial partnerships lie at the center of this downstream strategy, building on over 45 years of ADNOC’s expertise in international energy partnerships and the consistent stability, values and investment attractiveness of the UAE.

Commenting on the Downstream Investment Forum, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, said: “We operate in an energy landscape that is evolving rapidly, and we must adapt and transform ADNOC to become a more globally integrated energy company, built for agility, high performance and resilience – a modern energy company for a new energy era.”

“We continue to work on maximizing operational efficiencies and strengthening our overall performance, while maximizing value from the company’s financial resources and assets through our enhanced partnership and investment model. As a next step, we are focused on significantly expanding our downstream business – a historic, new milestone in ADNOC’s journey – to further unlock and drive more value across our portfolio. 

“We have always been a long-term, reliable supplier of crude and refined products, and we will remain so, but in the future ADNOC will also look to substantially grow its downstream position to become a global player, and reliable partner, in the production, supply and trading of refined and petrochemical products,” H.E. Dr. Al Jaber added.

The event will gather over 30 global CEOs and more than 600 senior business leaders from diverse industry sectors, including energy, petrochemicals, industry, banking, investment management, aerospace and professional services, to discuss the key issues impacting the energy and petrochemicals industry, as well as topics such as market trends, the global supply chain, financing and investment. 
On day one of the forum, prominent energy market industry leaders and experts, such as Dan Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, Patrick Pouyanné CEO of TOTAL, Vicky Hollub, CEO of Occidental Petroleum, Claudio Descalzi, CEO of ENI, Mark Garret, CEO of Borealis, Wang Yilin, Chairman of CNPC, and Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, will address evolving energy trends and industry opportunities. 

In addition, global figures from a diverse range of industries, including Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, John Flint, CEO of HSBC, Eric Cantor, Vice Chairman of Moelis, Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO of Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals and Badr Al-Olama, Director of Mubadala Aerospace, will discuss global supply chain trends and investment opportunities. 

Alongside the panel discussions, the forum will include the unveiling and presentation of ADNOC’s new downstream strategy and expansion plans, including those of ADNOC’s Ruwais Industrial Complex – the UAE’s world scale and fully integrated refining and petrochemicals hub – which is set to become the engine of ADNOC’s downstream strategy, and a new epicentre of the global refining and petrochemicals industry. 

H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said: “We are extremely pleased with the enthusiastic and global response of the attendees to our Downstream Forum. This forum will unveil not only our future plans for the business, but how new and existing partners can join us as we seek to further redefine and transform the ADNOC Group. 

“We will gather a truly diverse group of global business and government leaders to discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing our industry. We look forward to welcoming our partners, customers, co-investors and other stakeholders to what will be a unique event and environment in which ideas will be exchanged and new partnership and investment opportunities formed.”

For the full ADNOC Downstream Investment Forum agenda, please go to the event website.

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April 16, 2018