Reliance to restructure and repurpose gasification assets; stock surges over 1%

The company said that repurposing the gasification assets will help the use of syngas as a reliable source of feedstock to produce chemicals and cater to growing domestic demand. Further, as the hydrogen economy expands, RIL will be well-positioned to be the first mover to establish a hydrogen ecosystem.

Nov 25, 2021 09:11 IST India Infoline News Service

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The Board of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Wednesday has decided to implement a Scheme of Arrangement to transfer Gasification Undertaking into a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary (WOS), Reliance Syngas Limited (RSL).

RSL is a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 on November 1, 2021. The Company has invested Rs10 lakh in cash in 100,000 equity shares of Rs10 each of RSL. RSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. The equity shares of RSL are not listed on any Stock Exchanges. RSL is yet to commence its business operations.

The company stock was in demand during early morning trade on Thursday. Ata round 9.32 am, Reliance Industries Ltd was trading at Rs2,380.10 per piece up by Rs29.2 or 1.24% from its previous closing of Rs2,350.90 on the BSE. The scrip opened at Rs2,375.50 and has touched a high and low of Rs2,389.80 and Rs2,358 respectively.

The Gasification project at Jamnagar was set up with the objective to produce syngas to meet the energy requirements as refinery off-gases, which earlier served as fuel, were repurposed into feedstock for the Refinery Off Gas Cracker (ROGC). This enables the production of olefins at competitive capital and operating costs. Syngas as a fuel ensures reliability of supply and helps reduce volatility in energy costs. Syngas is also used to produce Hydrogen for consumption in the Jamnagar refinery, company said in a filing.

RIL targets to have a portfolio which is fully recyclable, sustainable and net carbon zero. This will be achieved by transitioning to high value materials and chemicals with renewables as the source of meeting its energy requirements. As RIL progressively transitions to renewables as its primary source of energy, more syngas will become available for upgradation to high value chemicals including C1 chemicals and Hydrogen.

Further, carbon dioxide released during the process of producing Hydrogen is highly concentrated and easy to capture, substantially reducing the cost of carbon capture. Overall, these steps will help sharply reduce carbon footprint of Jamnagar complex.

India is a high growth market and is expected to continue to see a deficit of these high value chemicals in the foreseeable future. Repurposing the Gasification assets will help use syngas as a reliable source of feedstock to produce these chemicals and cater to growing domestic demand, resulting in an attractive business opportunity. Further, as the hydrogen economy expands, RIL will be well positioned to be the first mover to establish a hydrogen ecosystem.

With optionality in applications for Syngas, the nature of risk and returns associated with the gasifier assets will likely be distinct from those of the other businesses of the Company. This distinct business profile also provides the opportunity to potentially attract a different pool of investors and strategic partners for the gasification assets and new materials and chemicals projects.

The Board has accordingly approved a Scheme to transfer the Gasification Undertaking as a going concern on slump sale basis for a lump sum consideration equal to the carrying value as on the Appointed Date.

The Scheme will also enable RIL to evaluate unlocking the value of syngas, with a collaborative and asset-light approach involving
(a) Induction of investor(s) in the gasifier subsidiary and
(b) Capturing value of upgradation in RIL through partnerships in different chemical streams.

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