Report: ADNOC to sign deal for stake in Indian refinery

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) will sign an agreement with Saudi Aramco and Indian companies on Monday for an up to 25 percent stake in a planned $44 billion refinery and petrochemical project in India, a government source said.

Major oil producers are targeting Asia, where fuel demand is growing, as a stable outlet for their oil. India, the world’s third biggest oil importer and consumer, aims to expand its refining capacity by 77 percent to 8.8 million barrel per day (bpd) by 2030.

“The deal will be signed on Monday,” said a government source. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) plans to invest $45 billion over the next five years to expand its refining and petrochemicals operations.

Saudi Aramco in April signed a deal with Indian state refiners for a 50 percent stake in the planned 1.2 million barrels per day project to be built on the country’s west coast.

Indian Oil Corp, the country’s top refiner, owns 25 percent stake in the project, while Hindustan Petroleum Corp. and Bharat Petroleum Corp have 12.5 percent stake each. Aramco had said in April it may introduce a strategic partner to share its 50 percent stake.

This would be ADNOC’s second investment in Indian oil and gas sector after a deal to lease part of Indian oil storage in southern India.

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