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TA’ZIZ and Reliance Industries Ltd sign shareholder agreement

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Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC Ltd(TA’ZIZ) and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), have signed a formal shareholder agreement for the TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC project. RIL 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 chemical development at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC joint venture (JV) will construct and operate a chlor-alkali, ethylene dichloride (EDC), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production facility, with a total investment of over US$2 billion (AED 7.34 billion). 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 of Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of RIL, to ADNOC headquarters. During the visit, Mr. 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 decarboniSation across the hydrocarbon value chain.

H.E. Dr. Al Jaber and Mr. Mukesh Ambani exchanged a signed framework agreement between ADNOC and RIL to explore collaboration in the exploration, development and production of conventional and unconventional resources in Abu Dhabi as well as in decarbonisation of operations, including in carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration. Mr. Mukesh Ambani was also briefed on the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28), which is being held in the UAE in 2023.

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 in 2022.

The project is well-positioned to strengthen domestic supply chains and support the UAE’s national strategy to empower the industrial sector and become the driving force of a dynamic and robust domestic economy over the next 50 years. It is anticipated that the TA’ZIZ complex will benefit from the free trade agreement between India and the UAE, which was signed in February 2022. Bilaterial trade between both nations will be boosted as new trade and development opportunities, such as TA’ZIZ, are further unlocked.

Mr. 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. Mr. Mukesh 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 announced that the UAE will create a global clean energy powerhouse, under the Masdar brand, consilidating the efforts of ADNOC, TAQA and Mubadala in renewable energy and green hydrogen to create a new world-class entity.

During his visit in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Mukesh Ambani was briefed on strong progress made at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone. The development of TA’ZIZ continues at pace, supporting the UAE’s national strategy to empower its industrial sector, driving growth and diversification of the country’s economy for many years to come.

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 JV with RIL 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. FID for the chemical project is expected later in 2022, and is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.

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