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Reliance to produce only jet fuel, petrochemicals at Jamnagar after oil-to-chemical strategy

New Delhi: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd plans to produce only jet fuel and petrochemicals at its mega Jamnagar refinery complex as it implements an oil-to-chemical strategy that will eliminate most fuels it produces in favour of high value products. The company is preparing its Jamnagar complex, the world's largest refinery at a single location?, to be future ready as fuel demand undergoes change with advent of electric vehicles. "Jamnagar shall be the refinery icon of the world with best-in-class performance," the company said in its latest annual report outlining its vision.

The firm's mission is to "ensure the Jamnagar refinery is future-ready with a strategic transformation to optimal oil-to-chemicals?" Its refineries currently convert crude oil, sourced from around the globe, into petrol, diesel, LPG, aviation turbine fuel (ATF), LPG, naphta and other value added fuels. Some of these products are used to produce petrochemicals used for making plastics and other products. Now, it is implementing a strategy that will convert the crude oil only into petrochemicals and ATF used in aeroplanes.

"Reliance has developed a future-ready Oil-to-Chemical strategic vision to, ?progressively, transform the Jamnagar ?refinery from a leading producer of fuels to chemicals," it said. ‘The fundamentals of the Jamnagar oil-to-chemical strategy are to employ advanced ‘molecule management to upgrade the refinery intermediate streams by value. The oil-to-chemical programme is a roadmap implemented over a long time horizon, based on market outlook and price triggers for refinery fuel products. The ultimate goal is to achieve greater than 70% conversion of crude refined in Jamnagar, to competitive chemical building blocks of olefins and aromatics.