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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)

 

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HSBC and Reliance Execute Blockchain Trade Finance Transaction

The statement added that the transaction validated the commercial and operational viability of blockchain as an alternative to conventional exchanges for paper-based documentation

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HSBC, RIL execute blockchain trade finance transaction.

Banking and financial services major HSBC and Reliance Industries Ltd on Sunday said that they have executed a first-of-its-kind blockchain trade finance transaction, validating the commercial and operational viability of blockchain as an alternative to conventional exchanges for paper-based documentation.

“This is an industry-first as the blockchain platform integrated with ‘Bolero’s electronic Bill of Lading’ (eBL) platform to issue and manage an electronic ‘Bill of Lading’,” a joint statement said.

“This allowed a digital transfer of the title of goods from the seller to the buyer in the underlying trade. It further enabled the underlying trade to be fully digitised.”

According to the statement, the end-to-end transaction was executed on “R3’s Corda” blockchain platform which is a single-shared application, rather than requiring multiple isolated digital systems across various counterparties located around the globe.

“The ‘Letter of Credit’ (LC) was issued by ING Bank for Tricon Energy USA (importer) with HSBC India as the advising and negotiating bank for Reliance Industries, India (exporter),” the statement said.

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“This solution is a significant improvement for any organisation involved in buying and selling goods internationally, as it truly brings together all parties onto one platform.”

The statement added that the transaction validated the commercial and operational viability of blockchain as an alternative to conventional exchanges for paper-based documentation.

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“We are excited to partner with HSBC on digitalisation of trade finance. This reflects our continued commitment to embrace emerging technologies and industry-first initiatives,” Srikanth Venkatachari, Joint Chief Financial Officer, Reliance Industries, was quoted as saying in the statement.

“The use of blockchain offers significant potential to reduce the timelines involved in exchange of export documentation from the extant 7 to 10 days to less than a day. When adopted at scale, it helps in significant optimisation of working capital. Further, use of blockchain in trade finance enhances transparency, security and synergy across all the parties and stakeholders involved.” (IANS)