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BP sells 50% stake in SECCO to Sinopec
03
May '17
Courtesy: BP
Courtesy: BP
BP Global Petrochemicals has decided to sell its 50 per cent stake in Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Company to Gaoqiao Petrochemical, a 100 per cent subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), BP's joint venture partner, for a consideration of $1.68 billion. The decision aligns its petrochemicals business in China with its global focus. 
 
"This decision aligns our petrochemicals business in China with our global focus on areas where BP has leading proprietary technologies and competitive advantage. China is a key region for our chemicals business and BP will continue to look for opportunities to build on our position in the country," said Rita Griffin, chief operating officer, BP Global Petrochemicals.
 
SECCO is currently owned by BP (50 per cent), Sinopec (30 per cent) and Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited (20 per cent), in which Sinopec holds a majority interest. Based in Shanghai, SECCO is a major producer of olefins - ethylene and propylene - together with polymers and other derivatives including polyethylene, polypropylene, acrylonitrile styrene, polystyrene, butadiene and other products.
 
"China is a country of great significance to BP given its market potential. BP has been committed to doing business in China for more than four decades. Looking into the future, we plan to continue to invest in China in areas that provide the best growth opportunities for BP, our Chinese partners and the country," said Dr. Xiaoping Yang, BP China president.
 
The transaction is subject to a number of regulatory approvals and other conditions, subject to which, it is currently anticipated to complete before the end of the year with the consideration payable in installments. (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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