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Reliance, Saudi Aramco to re-evaluate oil-to-chemicals investment proposals

RIL will, however, continue to be Saudi Aramco’s partner for investments in the private sector in India and will collaborate for investments in Saudi Arabia.

November 20, 2021 / 08:17 AM IST

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) said that it is withdrawing its application to get necessary approvals to hive off its oil-to-chemicals (O2C) business into a separate unit due to the evolving nature of its business portfolio.

The current application with NCLT for segregating the O2C business from RIL is being withdrawn, the company said in a late evening exchange filing on November 19.

RIL also said it has mutually determined with Saudi Aramco that it would be beneficial for both parties to re-evaluate the proposed investment in the O2C business in light of the changed context. Hiving off the O2C business would have paved the way for a stake sale in the new company to Saudi Aramco.

A statement released by Reliance read: “Due to evolving nature of Reliance’s business portfolio, Reliance and Saudi Aramco have mutually determined that it would be beneficial for both parties to re-evaluate the proposed investment in O2C business in light of the changed context. Consequently, the current application with NCLT for segregating the O2C business from RIL is being withdrawn.”

RIL said it shall continue to be the preferred partner of Saudi Aramco for investments in the private sector in India, adding that will collaborate with the state-owned petroleum and natural gas company of Saudi Arabia and its chemical manufacturing offshoot SABIC for investments in Saudi Arabia.







RIL, the operator of the world’s biggest refining complex, announced in August 2019 a $15 billion deal with Saudi Aramco, the world’s top oil exporter. The deal with Aramco, which entailed a stake sale of 20 percent in the O2C business, was expected to be completed by March 2020 but was delayed.








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first published: Nov 19, 2021 10:37 pm

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