SINGAPORE: Reliance Industries has declared force majeure on gasoline exports from its Jamnagar site, four people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, causing the profit margin from producing the fuel to jump to its highest since September.
The force majeure follows an unspecified issue at a gasoline-producing fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit in its export-oriented refinery, two of the people said. That plant can process more than 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and is located in Jamnagar’s special economic zone.
Reliance filed a statement to the National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India stating it has shut one of its FCC units and that the unit is expected to restart within two weeks.
It added that the rest of the Jamnagar complex is operating normally and it does not expect the shutdown to have any material impact on overall operations.
The filing did not say what caused the FCC to shut or comment on the force majeure of gasoline supplies.
Force majeure is typically declared when matters deemed beyond a refinery’s control disrupt supplies, allowing it to void some of its contractual obligations to customers.
Reliance operates one other refinery in Jamnagar, located in western India, that mainly meets domestic demand.
The people said at least two gasoline cargoes scheduled for this month’s loading from Reliance were affected, one of which was destined for Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. The people declined to be identified because they were not authorised to speak with media.
According to ship tracking data on Thomson Reuters Eikon, four gasoline cargoes were scheduled to load from Sikka on to ships chartered by Vitol, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), Oman Trading International and Royal Dutch Shell since August 10.
Two of the four vessels have been anchored at the port since August 13 while the other ships are either en route or at a nearby port.