1st April 2006: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has no plans of merging Reliance Petroleum Limited (RPL) with itself. RPL is the new company floated by RIL for executing the 29 million tonne per annum (MTPA) refinery project at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Jamnagar.
Speaking to FE, RIL’s director Hital Meswani said RPL will have its own identity and at no time will it be merged with parent, RIL. This assumes significance as RPL is being resurrected. In 2002, the Mukesh Ambani controlled RIL had announced merger of the then Reliance Petroleum Limited with RIL for synergy of operations and financial integration. Following this, RIL emerged as the largest private sector company in India on all major financial parameters. However, Mr. Meswani said the same would not be repeated and RPL’s upcoming 29 mtpa refinery, which will come on stream in 2008, will cater specifically to overseas markets.
He said unlike RIL, which is a vertically integrated company with presence in exploration, refining, petrochemicals and product retail, RPL will be an export oriented with a different product slate. There will be no LPG or kerosene production at this refinery which will process 580,000 barrels of oil per day.
The product mix of the new refinery will include high octane gasoline (petrol), diesel, aviation fuels and polypropylene for export purposes.
The combined capacity of the two refineries would make Reliance’s Jamnagar refining facility the world’s largest single location refinery after Praguana refining of Venezuela and SK Corp of S Korea.