Reliance sell East-West Pipeline Brookfield Rs 13000 cr

Reliance to sell East-West Pipeline to Brookfield for Rs 13000 cr

4:34 AM, 15th March 2019
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MUMBAI, INDIA: India Infrastructure Trust, an InvIT set up by Brookfield Asset Management to acquire East-West Pipeline (Pipeline) from Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) for Rs. 13,000 crore.

Brookfield has filed a preliminary placement memorandum, in terms of which India Infrastructure Trust, an InvIT set up by Brookfield as Sponsor and 90 percent investor, will invest Rs. 13,000 crore to acquire the East-West Pipeline (Pipeline), RIL said.

As a part of the transaction, the InvIT will acquire 100 percent equity interest in Pipeline Infrastructure Private Limited (PIPL) which currently owns and operates the Pipeline.

Pursuant to this acquisition by Brookfield, the existing pipeline usage agreement has been reworked as follows:

• The reserved capacity reduced to 33 MMSCMD against the 56 MMSCMD.

• Any unutilized capacity payment by RIL will be the difference between Rs. 500 crore a quarter and actual revenue earned by PIPL.

• RIL will continue to be entitled to transport gas, either by itself or of any customers, free of cost against any outstanding unutilized capacity payments.

At the current approved final tariff of Rs. 71.66/MMBTU, if the average volume of gas transported is 22 MMSCMD, RIL will not be liable to make unutilized capacity payments. The next review of tariff in April 2020 will also consider upward revision to tariff arising from determination of lower revised capacity of the pipeline.

Considering the new investments in the upstream sector in the KG basin, and the growing LNG imports, ability to swap gas, the average volume expected to be transported through the pipeline is expected to be significantly higher compared to the current levels.

RIL will be entitled to a significant participation in the net earnings of PIPL under the mechanism specified in the pipeline usage agreement. RIL’s current investment in preference shares valued at Rs. 4,000 crores to continue and will be converted into equity at the end of 20 years. Further, at the end of 20 years, RIL has the right to acquire equity shares of PIPL held by the InvIT at an equity value of Rs. 50 crore.

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