ADNOC Distribution plans record investment to add 60 fuel stations

Abu Dhabi’s government-backed fuel retailer expects to more than double capital expenditure this year as part of a push to open at least 60 new fuel stations.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. for Distribution PJSC will spend between Dhs1.1bn ($300m) and Dhs1.5bn to fund an “ambitious new station delivery schedule” for 2020, the company said in an earnings statement. Capital expenditure in 2019 was Dhs508m.

The company plans to open between 20 to 25 filling stations in the neighbouring emirate of Dubai. While ADNOC Distribution dominates fuel retailing in Abu Dhabi, most fuel stations in Dubai are operated by Emirates National Oil Co.

ADNOC Distribution opened three stations in Dubai last year, bringing its total there to six. Outside the United Arab Emirates, ADNOC Distribution is expanding in Saudi Arabia where it currently operates two gas stations.

“As we speak, we have a handful of sites in Saudi that are clearing investment committee decision,” chief operating officer Mohamed Al Hashemi told Bloomberg TV. “We know exactly which sites, we know the volumes.”

Dubai-based ENOC also plans to expand in Saudi Arabia; it announced plans late in 2018 to open 45 new service stations in the kingdom over five years. Beyond Saudi Arabia, ADNOC Distribution targets growth in India and is “very actively looking at” opening stations in Egypt, Hashemi said.