United Company for Industry’s Involvement in Saudi Arabia’s Recycling Supercenter

Norton Rose Fulbright has advised United Company for Industry.

The deal involved United Company for Industry (UCI)’s exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Saudi Aramco to evaluate the feasibility of a venture to support a recycling “Supercenter” in Saudi Arabia. UCI has entered the MOU with Shell & AMG Recycling B.V (SARBV) as its local partner. 

The MOU with Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) will evaluate the feasibility of a venture in support of Saudi Arabia’s vision to maximise value from its vast natural resources. Saudi Arabia is increasingly becoming a globally important country for the supply and demand of vanadium, and is looking to enable the development of a world class facility for processing refineries’ recyclable materials into valuable products. 

This “Supercenter” will be designed to support Aramco to refine its crudes in an environmentally sustainable manner through the manufacturing of fresh residue upgrading catalysts required to convert heavy oil fractions into valuable refined products. The “Supercenter” will enable local recycling of the resulting spent catalysts and gasification ash for critical metals reclamation, and it is expected to make significant contributions toward the Kingdom’s strategic circular economy goals by localizing state-of-the-art fresh catalyst and recycling technologies, supporting the realization of renewable energy and GHG emission reduction goals in the region.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Partner Kayaan Unwalla (Picture), counsel John Boehm Jr. and senior associate David Johnston led on the corporate matters, whilst Zachary Wegmann worked with Zayd Alathari on the intellectual property aspects of the transaction. 

Involved fees earner: Zayd Alathari – Norton Rose Fulbright; John Boehm – Norton Rose Fulbright; David Johnston – Norton Rose Fulbright; Kayaan Unwalla – Norton Rose Fulbright;

Law Firms: Norton Rose Fulbright;

Clients: United Company for Industry;

Author: Giulia Di Palma