In 1981, Pertomin and Shell signed a joint agreement to establish a refinery complex.

Construction of the refinery started in 1982

1984 – completion of the refinery and start-up of the first unit.

And in 1985, completion of start-up.

Inaugurated on the 23rd of December 1986 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahad Bin Abdulaziz. SASREF was envisioned as one of the most modern refineries in the world.

1988 – Debottlenecking from 250,000 to 305,000 barrels per day.

In February 1989, Saudi Arabian Marketing and Refining Company (SAMAREC) took over Petromin’s share.

In July 1993, Saudi Aramco took over SAMAREC’s share.

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