PSO to sell 30% stake in PRL to China’s United Energy Group
PSO to sell 30% stake in PRL to China’s United Energy Group

Pakistan State Oil (PSO) is set to divest a 30 percent stake in Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL) to China’s United Energy Group (UEG), marking a substantial $1.5 billion investment. PSO currently holds a 63.6 percent ownership in PRL.

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The agreement between PRL and UEG was formalized through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on October 18, 2023, in China. The primary objective is to establish a strategic cooperative relationship, leveraging shared interests in Pakistan’s energy sector. The collaboration aims to explore potential avenues for cooperation, with UEG serving as a strategic investor in PRL, contributing significantly to the refinery’s expansion.

As part of this collaboration, UEG will inject $1.5 billion into PRL, intending to triple the refinery’s production capacity. This substantial investment is expected to bring about a transformative upgrade to PRL’s operations, further solidifying its role in Pakistan’s energy landscape.

Additionally, PRL has recently entered into a commercial crude purchase arrangement with Russia. The agreement, stemming from discussions at the Pakistan-Russia Inter-governmental Commission meeting in January 2023, designates PRL as a procuring organization. Under this arrangement, PRL will acquire crude oil from Russia on commercial terms, adhering to agreed-upon conditions without violating international commitments or established frameworks governing such transactions.

This multifaceted collaboration signifies a strategic move by PSO and PRL to enhance operational capabilities, foster international partnerships, and contribute to the development of Pakistan’s energy infrastructure. The infusion of capital from UEG and the procurement agreement with Russia underscore the refinery’s commitment to growth and sustainability in the dynamic energy sector.

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