[BENGALURU] Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest crude oil producer, is in “serious discussions” to acquire up to a 25 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ refining and petrochemicals businesses, the Times of India reported on Wednesday.
A minority stake sale could fetch around US$10 billion to US$15 billion, valuing the Indian company’s refining and petrochemicals businesses at around US$55 billion to US$60 billion, the report said.
The agreement on valuation could be reached around June, the Indian newspaper reported, citing people with knowledge of the development. Goldman Sachs is said to have been mandated to advise on the proposed deal, the report added.
Aramco’s interest in the operator of the world’s biggest refining complex comes after Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Delhi in February when he said he expected investment opportunities worth more than US$100 billion in India over the next two years.
Separately, Saudi Aramco’s chief executive officer Amin Nasser had met Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani to discuss the Saudi state-owned company’s businesses including crude, chemicals and non-metallics.