Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd has accomplished spin-off of the agency’s oil-to-chemical enterprise into a brand new unit that may assist it pursue development alternatives with strategic partnerships, the corporate has stated.
The oil-to-chemical (O2C) enterprise unit holds Reliance’s oil refinery and petrochemical property and retail gasoline enterprise however not upstream oil and gasoline producing fields similar to KG-D6 and textiles enterprise.
Reliance for the primary time reported built-in earnings of the O2C enterprise in its third quarter monetary outcomes. Previously, refining and petrochemical companies have been reported individually whereas gasoline retailing income was a part of the agency’s total retail enterprise.
In the October-December 2020 earnings assertion, refining and petrochemical in addition to gasoline retailing companies earnings have been reported as one. As a outcome, it didn’t give refining margins – essentially the most wanted quantity to evaluate the agency’s oil refining enterprise.
“Reorganising refining and petrochemicals as oil-to-chemicals (O2C) reflects new strategy as well as management matrix,” the corporate stated in a put up incomes investor presentation.
This, it stated, will “facilitate holistic and agile decision making” in addition to “pursue attractive opportunities for growth with strategic partnerships”.
Reliance began work on hiving off the O2C enterprise right into a separate unit final 12 months for a attainable stake sale to corporations similar to Saudi Aramco.
It values the O2C enterprise at USD 75 billion and has been in talks with Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Aramco) on the market of a 20 per cent curiosity.
The firm, nevertheless, didn’t point out discussions with Aramco, that are stated to have hit a valuation roadblock.
The reorganisation would “drive the move towards further downstream and closer to customers” and “provide sustainable and affordable energy and materials solutions to meet India’s growing needs,” the agency stated within the presentation.
Reliance O2C Limited homes oil refining and petrochemical crops and manufacturing property, bulk and wholesale gasoline advertising, and Reliance’s 51 per cent curiosity in retail gasoline three way partnership with BP of the UK.
The O2C unit additionally homes the agency’s Singapore and the UK-based oil buying and selling subsidiaries and advertising subsidiary, Reliance Industries Uruguay Petroquimica SA.
It additionally homes Reliance Ethane Pipeline Limited that operates a pipeline between Dahej in Gujarat and Nagothane in Maharashtra in addition to 74.9 per cent stake that Reliance holds within the three way partnership with Sibur.
Its very giant ethane carriers, gasoline pipelines similar to one which transports coal-bed methane from its CBM blocks, abroad oil and gasoline asset holding firm Reliance Industries (Middle East) DMCC, and home exploration and manufacturing property wouldn’t type a part of the O2C unit.
Also, Reliance’s textiles enterprise as operated out of the Naroda web site, Baroda township and land, together with cricket stadium, Jamnagar energy property, and Sikka Ports and Terminals Limited would additionally not be a part of the O2C unit.
Ambani had in July 2019 acknowledged that the method of spinning of O2C right into a separate subsidiary could be accomplished by early 2021.
Reliance owns and operates twin oil refineries at Jamnagar in Gujarat, with a mixed capability of 68.2 million tonnes each year.
It can be the nation’s largest petrochemical producer with models at Jamnagar, Dahej, Hazira, Nagothane, Vadodara, Patalganga, Silvassa, Barabanki, and Hoshiarpur.
The firm holds a 66.6 per cent stake within the KG-D6 block the place it’s investing about USD 5 billion in growing a second set of gasoline discoveries together with BP.
It additionally has the same stake within the NEC-25 block within the Bay of Bengal and operates two CBM blocks in Madhya Pradesh. These upstream property will not be a part of the O2C unit.
“Reliance O2C (is) one of the most integrated manufacturers of value-added fuels, chemicals and materials,” the presentation stated. “O2C to maximize downstream, reduce transportation fuels and create clean and green energy platforms.”