Reliance Industries, bp start new Indian fuels & mobility JV ‘Reliance BP Mobility’
10th Jul 2020

Reliance Industries (RIL) and bp have started their new Indian fuels and mobility joint venture (JV), Reliance BP Mobility (RBML). Following initial agreements in 2019, bp and RIL teams have worked closely over the past few months in a challenging environment to complete the transaction as planned. bp has paid RIL $1 billion for a 49% stake in the joint venture, with RIL holding 51%.

Operating under the ‘Jio-bp’ brand, the joint venture aims to become a leading player in India's fuels and mobility markets. It will leverage Reliance’s presence across 21 states and its millions of consumers through the Jio digital platform. bp will bring its extensive global experience in high-quality differentiated fuels, lubricants, retail and advanced low carbon mobility solutions.

bp and RIL expect the venture to grow rapidly to help meet India’s fast-growing demands for energy and mobility. RBML aims to expand from its current fuel retailing network of over 1,400 retail sites to up to 5,500 over the next five years. This rapid growth will require a fourfold increase in staff employed in service stations-growing from 20,000 to 80,000 in this period. The joint venture also aims to increase its presence from 30 to 45 airports in the coming years.

Reliance Industries is India’s largest private sector company. The company’s activities span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail and 4G digital services.