Esso Italiana last Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement for the sale of its Augusta refinery, three fuel terminals in Augusta, Palermo and Naples, and associated pipelines to the Algerian state oil company SONATRACH.
Esso Italiana and ExxonMobil will enter into multi-year commercial and technology agreements with SONATRACH for refinery products, including Group I base stocks and waxes, as well as the operation, improvement, and use of the Augusta, Naples and Palermo terminals.
The Augusta refinery has the capacity to produce up to 14,000 barrels per day of Group I lube base oil.
“ExxonMobil is committed to meeting its customer’s evolving needs. We will continue to provide a reliable supply of Group I base stocks, globally and in EAME including the ExxonMobil AP/E CORETM slate manufactured in Augusta,” said Julia Ruessmann, sales manager, EAME Basestocks & Specialties. “With this agreement and a robust manufacturing network around the world producing Group I CORETM, we will remain the largest global marketer of high-quality Group I base stocks.”
Base stocks and waxes from Augusta will continue to be marketed by ExxonMobil at current specifications. A dedicated transition team will ensure continuity of the business and prepare for a successful hand over and continuation of manufacturing of ExxonMobil products.
“Customers can continue to rely on our CORETM and SN Group I base stocks to deliver consistent quality and broad blending coverage across the full viscosity range,” said Ruessmann. “The transaction does not affect ExxonMobil’s contracts and business relationships. We will continue to supply our base stocks and wax customer portfolio, with the goal of being their supplier of choice.”
The sale is expected to close by the end of 2018 and is subject to a number of conditions and applicable legal requirements.