Reliance Industries to sell stake in US-based shale gas operations for $1.07 billion



Mumbai: Oil refiner-to-retail major Reliance Industries on Monday said it has entered into a deal to sell its stake in its US-based shale gas operations for $1.07 billion.

According to the company, Reliance Holding USA, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, has entered into a definitive agreements for the sale of its entire holding of 49.9 percent interest in EFS Midstream to an affiliate of Enterprise Products Partners.

“EFS has succeeded in its objective of building the gathering and midstream infrastructure in a timely manner to support ramp-up of the ‘Reliance-Pioneer Eagle Ford Upstream’ joint development operations,” Walter Van de Vijver, president and chief executive of Reliance Holding USA was quoted in a statement.

“EFS has now transitioned from a ‘development’ mode to ‘stable operations’ mode, generating free cash flows since 2013. EFS monetization thus provides a significant opportunity for unlocking value for our shareholders.”

EFS provides gathering, treating and compression services and condensate stabilisation operations in the ‘Eagle Ford Shale’ for the Reliance-Pioneer upstream joint development and to third parties.

Since inception in 2010, EFS has built significant midstream infrastructure, which now comprises of 10 central gathering points, 460 miles of gathering pipelines, 119 Mboepd (thousand barrels of oil equivalents per day) of condensate stabilisation capacity and 780 MMcfd (millions of cubic feet per day) of natural gas treating capacity. (IANS)