Joint Venture Ta’ziz, Reliance Enter into Shareholders Agreement for World-Scale Chemical Project
Under the terms of the shareholders agreement, Reliance will join hands with Adnoc and ADQ in the Ta’ziz industrial chemical zone in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi for the development of a mega chemical project – Ta’ziz EDC & PVC. For this, the joint venture has plans to invest over 2 billion dollars for building a chlor-alkali, ethylene dichloride and polyvinyl chloride production facility.
Abu Dhabi/UAE – Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC (Ta’ziz) and Reliance Industries (RIL), have signed the formal Shareholder Agreement for the Ta’ziz EDC & PVC project. Reliance is India’s largest diversified conglomerate and a strategic partner with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, in Ta’ziz EDC & PVC, a world-scale chemicals development at the Ta’ziz Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais.
The Ta’ziz EDC & PVC joint venture will construct and operate a Chlor-Alkali, Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) production facility, with a total investment of over 2 billion dollars. These chemicals will be produced in the UAE for the first time, unlocking new revenue streams and opportunities for local manufacturers to ‘Make it in the Emirates.’
The formal shareholder agreement was signed by senior executives during a visit by Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance to the Adnoc headquarters. During the visit, Ambani met with His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Adnoc Managing Director and Group CEO, and discussed opportunities for partnership and growth in Upstream, new energies and decarbonization across the hydrocarbon value chain.
H.E. Dr. Al Jaber and Mukesh Ambani exchanged a signed framework agreement between Adnoc and Reliance to explore collaboration in the exploration, development and production of conventional and unconventional resources in Abu Dhabi as well as in decarbonization of operations, including in carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration.
H.E. Dr. Al Jaber, said: “Reliance is a valued strategic partner and our collaboration at Ta’ziz underscores the important role of industrial and energy cooperation as a means of strengthening the deep-rooted and friendly ties between the UAE and India. We are building on this partnership and the progress at Ta’ziz to unlock more opportunities to drive the UAE’s industrial and manufacturing growth, while advancing cooperation on decarbonization, new energies and upstream production.”
The Ta’ziz EDC & PVC project is making solid progress towards the detailed design phase in advance of the Final Investment Decision (FID) which is expected to be taken later this year. Mukesh Ambani, said: “I am happy to see the quick progress made by the Ta’ziz EDC and PVC joint venture between Reliance Industries and Ta’ziz in a short time. This joint venture is a testimony to the strong and growing ties between India and the UAE and will be a benchmark for more such projects built on strengths of the two nations. I am looking forward to implementation of the project at an accelerated pace, taking a step further in enhancing lives of our people in the region.”
Mukesh Ambani also met with Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, to explore potential opportunities for collaboration in renewable energy and green hydrogen, both of which are key priorities for the UAE and India. Ambani was briefed on the UAE’s ambitious plans to grow its world-leading renewable energy portfolio and strengthen its clean hydrogen production capabilities, as described in the country’s ‘Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap.’ In December 2021, it was announcedthat the UAE will create a global clean energy powerhouse, under the Masdar brand, consolidating the efforts of Adnoc, Taqa and Mubadala in renewable energy and green hydrogen to create a new world-class entity.
Chemicals is a priority sector for the UAE’s industrial growth strategy, championed by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology. The chemicals set to be produced by the Ta’ziz EDC & PVC joint venture with Reliance have a wide range of industrial applications, enabling local supply chains and meeting growing demand in key export markets. Chlor-Alkali enables the production of caustic soda, crucial to the alumina refining process. EDC is used in the production of PVC, which is used to manufacture a wide range of industrial and consumer products including pipes, windows fittings, cables, films and flooring.
The production of Chlor-Alkali, EDC, and PVC will create opportunities for export to target markets in Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as providing local industry with a source of critical raw materials manufactured in the UAE for the first time, strengthening In-Country Value. Final Investment Decision for the chemical project is expected later this year and is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.