Adani ties up with French energy major Total to enter petrol retail biz

Gautam Adani-led Adani Group will enter the petroleum retail business with French energy major Total SA. The two have signed an agreement to invest in downstream. This will include a foray into retail, with the duo opening 1,500 outlets to supply compressed natural gas and develop various liquefied natural gas projects.

Both the companies have set a target of developing re-gasification terminals, including one at Dhamra LNG. “It will be a big stride towards India’s vision of achieving a healthier energy mix through promotion of LNG,” the companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Total and Adani will also create a joint venture with the objective of building a retail network over 10 years. These retail outlets will be on highways and intercity connections to supply CNG for vehicles.

The French government was a majority stakeholder in Total till 1996, but has reduced its stake considerably since then.

Earlier this month, the Indian government had set up a committee led by economist Kirit Parikh to review the current marketing guidelines, so that more private players can enter the business. Currently, companies need to make an investment of Rs 20 billion on petroleum infrastructure, or submit a bank guarantee of equal value.

Sources said the panel may make suggestions to facilitate the entry of multinational companies into the fuel retail space by removing entry barriers.

The two companies said they wanted to tap the domestic fuel market, currently growing at 4 per cent per year. Development of road infrastructure and higher purchasing power with the people have been cited as reasons for growth by experts.

The Adani-Total retail outlets will offer customers the latter’s full line-up of fuels, lubricants, as well other products and services.

Adani Group, Total SA to form a joint venture to roll out a fuel retail network of 1,500 outlets, mostly on highways, in the next 10 years

Total will join Adani in developing a 5-mtpa LNG import terminal at Dhamra in Odisha

The French multinational is also eyeing a stake in city gas distribution (CGD) projects of Adani

In the recently concluded CGD bid round, Adani won rights to 13 cities on its own and another nine in JV with state-owned IOC

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