Adnoc and Reliance Industries sign agreement

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Adnoc Group CEO, and Mukesh D. Ambani, RIL chairman and managing director, witnessed the signing of the agreement by Abdulaziz Alhajri, executive director of Adnoc's Downstream Directorate, and Nikhil R. Meswani, RIL executive director. - Supplied photo

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) on Tuesday signed a framework agreement with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to explore development of an Ethylene Dichloride facility in Ruwais.

Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Adnoc Group CEO, and Mukesh D. Ambani, RIL chairman and managing director, witnessed the signing of the agreement by Abdulaziz Alhajri, executive director of Adnoc's Downstream Directorate, and Nikhil R. Meswani, RIL executive director.

Under the terms of the agreement, Adnoc and RIL will evaluate the potential creation of a facility that manufactures EDC adjacent to Adnoc's integrated refining and petrochemical site in Ruwaisi and strengthen the companies' existing relationship supporting future collaboration in petrochemicals.

Adnoc would supply ethylene to the potential joint venture and provide access to world-class infrastructure at Ruwais, while RIL will deliver operational expertise and entry to the large and growing Indian vinyls market, in which it is a key participant.

EDC is a basic building-block for manufacture of PVC, a polymer product in increasingly higher demand globally. PVC plays a critical role in the housing and agriculture sectors, and demand for PVC, particularly in the Indian vinyls market, is expected to grow significantly.

Abdulaziz Alhajri said the agreement with Reliance Industries Limited is a product of our strong relationship, spanning over two decades, and a testament to Adnoc's continued ability to cultivate smart and mutually beneficial international partnerships. "We look forward to working closely with RIL to identify opportunities to capitalise on the strengths of the Ruwais ecosystem, while delivering a compelling new commercial platform for satisfying the large Indian PVC market as well as demand for other fast-growing segments in the region."

Nikhil Meswani said this is a significant step towards Reliance's commitment to pursue backward integration and will pave the way for enhancing PVC capacity in India to cater to the fast growing domestic market. "This co-operation ideally combines advantaged feedstock and energy from the UAE with Reliance's execution capabilities and the growing Indian market."

Adnoc's expansion and new investment in downstream will accelerate the delivery of its 2030 strategy, powered by a $45 billion investment, and create a more flexible, resilient and diverse energy business, optimising its performance and stretching the dollar from every barrel of oil it produces. Ruwais' appeal as a unique feedstock engine, capable of producing the full range of essential building blocks along the petrochemical value chain will see the Ruwais Derivatives and Conversion Parks become a global destination of choice for investors and manufacturers wishing to establish a strategic presence in the UAE. Such investments have the potential to generate numerous specialised local career opportunities, while significantly boosting Adnoc's in-country value creation. - [email protected]

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