Reliance Industries Ltd. is considering a plan to boost its oil-refining capacity by about half, according to Bloomberg report. The proposed plant is expected to come up at the world’s biggest refining complex in Jamnagar and will be able to process as much as 30 million tons of crude a year.
Reliance has begun discussions with global refinery process licencors and equipment vendors for the new refining train at the Jamnagar complex. The plant of the size planned by the company may cost $10 billion.
Reliance is looking to process the dirtiest and heaviest crude and may focus on producing feed-stock for petrochemicals. The expansion plan is still under discussion and hasn’t been finalized. A feasibility report is likely to be prepared by the end of next year, once the recently-expanded petrochemicals capacities stabilize, and Reliance is expected to make the final investment decision with an aim to start work in 2020.
- Saudi Aramco and ADNOC signed agreements to invest in a proposed 60-million ton refinery complex on India’s west coast.
- Rosneft and partners acquired the country’s second-largest private oil processor.
- Shell has restarted retailing gasoline and diesel in the country.
- Total partnered the Adani Group to set up liquefied natural gas import terminals and fuel retailing business.
- Last year, BP Plc expanded its partnership with Reliance to retail auto fuels.
Reliance had considered expanding its refining capacity in the past. And in 2013-14 it sought environment approval for the project. Reliance didn’t move ahead with the plan as it focused on increasing downstream chemicals capacities and building the telecom business.
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