RIL to tap US markets, leases 1.2 mn barrel storage in Bahamas

Reliance Industries (RIL) has leased about 1.2 million barrels of clean storage at the Borco terminal in Bahamas as it seeks to increase its presence in the United States, trade sources said.

RIL, which operates the world’s biggest refining complex, aims to directly sell fuel in the US, the world’s biggest oil consumer, and had earlier leased 800,000 barrels of clean storage from American refiner Hess Corp in the New York harbour.

Two sources said today the firm leased about 1.2 million barrels storage with Borco, while a third source put the figure at 1 million barrels.

They said the Borco deal was done in the second half of 2009.

“RIL began supplying gasoline to the Bahamas storage from October. By the end of January it had supplied about 515,000 tonnes of gasoline to the Bahamas,” a source said.

RIL last year began shipments to the US, after it started its 580,000 barrels per day refinery, located next to its old 660,000 bpd refinery at Jamnagar in Western India.

RIL has, over the past few years, embarked on a robust marketing campaign to sell its refined products in Europe, Latin America, East Africa and the US.

Last year, RIL commissioned its clean storage facility at Ashkelon terminal in Israel to tap Mediterranean and European markets.



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