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ADNOC and PETRONAS Sign Comprehensive Strategic Framework Agreement

Agreement builds on the strong bilateral ties between the UAE and Malaysia 

ADNOC and PETRONAS to explore opportunities for collaboration across the upstream and downstream sectors as well as in trading and technology

Areas of potential partnerships include Hydrogen, CCUS, R&D, Technology including EOR, bunkering, and exploration and hydrocarbon development

Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 10, 2021: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced today, a strategic framework agreement with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) to explore opportunities for collaboration across the full oil and gas value chain. 

The first-ever agreement between both companies builds on the strong bilateral ties between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia and underscores ADNOC’s expanded approach to strategic partnerships that is enabling it to unlock and maximize value across its entire portfolio as it delivers its 2030 strategy.

The framework agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Managing Director and Group CEO, and Tengku Muhammad Taufik, President and Group CEO of PETRONAS. 

H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said: “We are very pleased to partner with PETRONAS for the first time through this important framework agreement. The agreement is a natural evolution of the strong ties between the UAE and Malaysia and provides an opportunity to deepen the relationship through strategic energy cooperation. 

“The agreement offers the potential for exciting opportunities for both companies to unlock and create value across the full oil and gas value chain as we shape our businesses for a post-Covid economy. We see significant potential in this agreement and look forward to converting it into mutually beneficial partnerships.”

Under the terms of the agreement, ADNOC and PETRONAS will jointly explore opportunities for collaboration in the exploration, development, and production of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This highlights the potential of Abu Dhabi’s vast untapped oil and gas resources and ADNOC’s approach to leveraging strategic partnerships to accelerate the exploration and development.

Tengku Muhammad Taufik said: “PETRONAS believes the collaboration with ADNOC bears strong testimony to the shared vision of both organizations to pursue value creation through progressive and cleaner energy solutions as we navigate the challenges of an accelerating energy transition. We look forward to working together with ADNOC to address growing energy demand in a responsible and sustainable way.”

The agreement will also enable both companies to jointly assess strategic opportunities for domestic and international collaboration across the downstream sector. Among the opportunities in Abu Dhabi is TA’ZIZ which is driving the development of industrial projects in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi and catalyzing the UAE’s economic diversification, and in fuel oil bunkering and support of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessels. 

ADNOC and PETRONAS have also agreed to explore potential partnership opportunities in trading including optimization of crude and feedstock supply and refined products offtake. In addition, they will look to collaborate to identify technology solutions as well as on Hydrogen and research and development (R&D) in areas of mutual interest including enhanced hydrocarbon recovery and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) where ADNOC is an industry leader. 

PETRONAS is a global energy and solutions partner with presence in over 50 countries. Driven by its purpose to enrich lives for a sustainable future, PETRONAS continues to expand its portfolio in conventional and unconventional resources, and a diverse range of fuel, lubricant and petrochemical products.

Release Details

March 10, 2021
Abu Dhabi


ADNOC is a leading diversified energy and petrochemicals group wholly owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ADNOC’s objective is to maximize the value of the Emirate’s vast hydrocarbon reserves through responsible and sustainable exploration and production to support the United Arab Emirates’ economic growth and diversification. To find out more, visit

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