State firm clinches deals for integrated refinery/petchems projects in Saudi Arabia, the US and India, as part of strategy to squeeze extra value from crude supply.

Saudi petroleum giant Aramco this week signed three agreements for integrating petrochemicals plants with refineries, as it seeks to evolve into a global integrated petroleum player. Two of the signings came during state visits to France and the US by Saudi energy supremo Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

The agreements...