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Israel’s Oil Refineries, UAE’s Mazrui set up joint venture for polymer imports

Accord signed last week in Abu Dhabi; the polymers, for local use and for exports to Europe and the US, will complement those developed by the Israeli firm

Shoshanna Solomon is The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

Moshe Kaplinsky, CEO of Oil Refineries,  right to left, Abdullah Mazrui, Chairman of Mazrui International, Mark Hana, Oil Refineries VP for Sales, Marketing, Purchasing & Contracts and CEO of the Mazrui Group, Charbel Khoury (Courtesy)
Moshe Kaplinsky, CEO of Oil Refineries, right to left, Abdullah Mazrui, Chairman of Mazrui International, Mark Hana, Oil Refineries VP for Sales, Marketing, Purchasing & Contracts and CEO of the Mazrui Group, Charbel Khoury (Courtesy)

Israel’s Oil Refineries Ltd., a maker of refined crude oil products, said Monday it has reached a joint venture agreement with Abu Dhabi’s Mazrui International to import polymers that are not produced in Israel and market them to Europe, the US and in Israel.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed last week in Abu Dhabi and attended by Oil Refineries’ CEO Moshe Kaplinsky and other officials at the firm, and the CEO of Marzui, Charbel Khoury.

The accord was made possible after Israel and the UAE signed the Abraham Accords in September, normalizing ties between the parties.

Ovadia Eli, chairman of Oil Refineries, said in a statement that the MOU is an “historic event” for the Israeli industry. “The peace accord is already bearing economic fruits for both peoples and a contribution to the Israeli economy.”

Oil refineries towers in the northern port city of Haifa on October 16, 2006. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

Mazrui, owned by Abdullah Mazrui, is a holding company in Abu Dhabi with operations in oil and gas, construction, logistics, retail and trading in the Middle East. Among its holdings are Sigma Engineering, one of the largest gas and oil project companies in the region; Emirates Insurance, an insurance company; and Carbon Holdings, the largest petrochemical company in Egypt.

Oil Refineries is the largest petrochemical conglomerate in Israel, with a refining capacity of 9.8 million tons of crude oil per year. It supplies a range of polymer-based products for industrial applications, private consumption, agriculture and infrastructure.

Shares of Oil Refineries, listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange since February 2007, rose 5.3% on Monday.

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