Saudi Aramco and Indian consortium to build $44bn refinery in Ratnagiri

RRPCL will rank amongst the world’ largest refining and petrochemicals projects

Saudi Aramco has signed an agreement with Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals (RRPCL), a consortium of Indian oil companies, to jointly develop and build a mega-refinery and petrochemicals complex in the Indian city of Ratnagiri. Estimated to cost $44 billion, RRPCL will rank amongst the world’s largest refining and petrochemicals projects and will be designed to meet India’s fast-growing fuels and petrochemicals demand.

The consortium includes the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCI), Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL). Furthermore, Saudi Aramco may also seek to include a strategic partner to co-invest in the mega-refinery, a statement from the oil and gas giant said.

The strategic partnership brings together crude supply, resources, technologies, experience and expertise of these multiple oil companies, who have an established commercial presence around the world.

“Investing in India is a key part of our company’s global downstream strategy, and another milestone in our growing relationship with India,” said Amin H. Nasser, Saudi Aramco president and CEO, who also noted the opening in 2017 of Aramco Asia’s New Delhi office with a mandate to expand Saudi Aramco’s international portfolio in this key economic growth region.

“The signing marks a significant development in India’s oil and gas sector, enabling a strategic joint venture and investment partnership that will serve India’s fast-growing demand for transportation fuels and chemical products. Participating in this mega project will allow Saudi Aramco to go beyond our crude oil supplier role to a fully integrated position that may help usher in other areas of collaboration, such as refining, marketing, and petrochemicals for India’s future energy demands,” said Nasser.

A pre-feasibility study for the refinery has been completed and the parties are now finalising the project’s overall configuration, the statement added. Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, the parties will extend their collaboration to discuss the formation of a joint venture that would provide for joint ownership, control and management of the project.

The refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day and will produce a range of refined petroleum products, including gasoline and diesel, meeting BS-VI fuel efficiency norms. It will also provide feedstock for the integrated petrochemical complex, which will be capable of producing approximately 18 million tons per annum of petrochemical products.

In addition to the refinery, cracker and downstream petrochemical facilities, the project will include associated facilities such as logistics, crude oil and product storage terminals, raw water supply, as well as centralised and shared utilities.

Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said the joint partnership between the consortium (RRPCL), and Saudi Aramco and an additional strategic partner, will bring huge benefits to the region, the state of Maharashtra, and the entire country in terms of employment generation as well as all-around economic development.

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