The story of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK starts with the merger between Showa Oil Co Ltd and Shell Sekiyu KK, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, in Japan in 1985.

In 2004, Aramco Overseas Company BV acquired a 15 per cent interest in Showa Shell.

Showa Shell is now one of the largest refiners in Japan, owning three oil refineries with a combined capacity of approximately 445,000 barrels per day. These are Yokkaichi Refinery, Keihin Refinery and Yamaguchi Refinery.

Saudi Aramco supplies Arabian crude oil to all three facilities. Showa Shell markets refined products through a Shell-branded retail network of approximately 3,200 service stations.

Petroleum products such as marine bunkers, lubricants, bitumen and LPG are also marketed.

Showa Shell’s line up of energy options is broad – it includes solar energy and hydrogen fuel. The company produces thin-film solar panels using copper, indium and selenium (CIS) technology.