Shell Signs Global Strategic Partnership with KPI
Shell has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kuwait Petroleum International Limited to explore opportunities worldwide to develop and implement joint downstream investments. The MOU builds upon the relationship that Shell and Kuwait have fostered over the past 50 years.
Shell and KPI will explore opportunities across the entire downstream value chain, from supply and refining, to distribution and marketing of petroleum products. They will focus on opportunities in geographic areas showing strong fundamentals in the downstream, including high growth in demand for petroleum products.
"This strategic partnership will seek opportunities around the world for leveraging Shell's global downstream experience with Kuwait's hydrocarbon resources and growing downstream investments," said Rob Routs, Shell Executive Director Downstream. "We believe that our combined resources and experience will strengthen those projects we decide to jointly develop."
"In Shell we have found a partner with global reach, local relationships and tremendous experience in managing joint ventures in all parts of the downstream," said Abdullatif Al-Houti, KPI President. "This agreement will help to catalyse our ambitious strategy for growing our downstream business through strategic investments, based primarily on the supply of Kuwait hydrocarbons. By working together, we will have a competitive edge that will benefit both KPI and Shell for the foreseeable future."
Shell's partnership with Kuwait dates back to the late 1940s when the company first brought Kuwait's crude oil to international markets. Since then, Shell's business with Kuwait developed to include exploration in the 1960's. Since those early days, it has further developed to include oil trading, lubricants, technical services and chemicals sales. Shell was the first lifter of crude oil after the Gulf War and Shell has been involved in joint studies on Kuwait's upstream sector since the mid 1990s.
This effort has assisted KOC [Kuwait Oil Company] in developing its staff and transferring technology. Shell also has a number of partnerships in the international upstream with KUFPEC (Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company), for example in the Near and Far East. Shell hopes to build its position in the upstream in Kuwait with a role in the Kuwait Project, as member of a consortium of companies led by ExxonMobil.
Shell staff currently involved with Kuwait are working in the country's refineries and with Shell Lubricants' distributors, whilst organizations based in London, Houston, Dubai, Singapore and The Netherlands are also working to support Kuwait's oil industry.
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