Nita and Mukesh Ambani at an earlier meeting in the company
INDIA’S largest private firm, Reliance Industries, on Friday (July 20) reported a drop in quarterly net profit - its third straight fall - hurt by declining gas output from its offshore fields.
The energy giant, controlled by India’s wealthiest man Mukesh Ambani, said consolidated net profit fell 21 per cent to Rs44.73bn ($813m/£520.47m) in the three months ended June, from Rs56.61bn ($1023.31m/£655.11m) a year ago.
Analysts have been concerned in recent months about Reliance’s ability to boost gas production from its oil blocks off India’s east coast.
Crude oil production from Reliance's main oil field KG-D6 fell 37 per cent year-on-year to just under a million barrels of crude oil, a company statement said.
Natural gas production slid 33.1 percent to 104.4 billion cubic feet (BCF), over levels a year earlier.
“The reduction in production was due to reservoir complexity and natural decline,” the company statement said.
Last year, British energy giant BP paid $7.2bn (£4.60bn) to acquire a 30 per cent stake in 21 of Reliance’s oil and gas fields.
Reliance hopes that BP’s deep water drilling expertise will hand the Indian giant the skills to develop hard-to-exploit reserves and find more oil.
“We have commenced our next phase of capital investments in the refining and petrochemical segments to enhance earnings and value of our core energy businesses,” Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance, said.
Reliance's full year gross refining margins (GRMs) slid to $7.6 (£4.86) a barrel, against $10.3 (£6.59) levels a year earlier.
Reliance operates the world’s largest oil-processing complex in Jamnagar, where two adjacent refineries have a combined capacity to process 1.24 million barrels of oil a day.
The company said it was still expanding its retail operations and now operates more than 1,300 stores in 120 cities across the country.
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