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Reliance Industries Offers More Naphtha But Non-Petrochemical Grade: Report

Reliance Industries had offered the long-range tanker size cargo for end-August loading from Sikka Port through a tender which closes on Wednesday.

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Reliance Industries Offers More Naphtha But Non-Petrochemical Grade: Report

Reliance Industries operates the world's biggest refining complex

Singapore/New Delhi: Reliance Industries is looking to sell more naphtha, bringing its total naphtha exports through tenders for August lifting at 185,000 tonnes, traders said, the highest monthly spot volumes offered by the company since February.

However, some 60 per cent of the August volumes were considered off-specification as the grade does not meet the requirements of the petrochemical industry standard, the traders added.

It is unclear why Reliance Industries' naphtha contains more oxygenates than usual. Reliance officials were not available for immediate comment.

Reliance Industries had offered the long-range tanker size cargo for end-August loading from Sikka Port through a tender which closes on Wednesday.

But the cargo contains 100 parts per million (ppm) of total oxygenates, twice the acceptable amount for making petrochemicals.

The fuel, however, could still be used but only if buyers have the means to lower the oxygenates levels.

Reliance Industries, which operates the world's biggest refining complex at Jamnagar, has already sold one such cargo with 100 ppm oxygenates to Vitol for early August loading at discounts to Middle East quotes on a free-on-board (FOB) basis.

Traders said the off-specification cargoes came at a time when European naphtha arriving next month in Asia was lower versus July.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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