Ambanis to reach gas deal in 2 weeks: report

Ambanis to reach gas deal in 2 weeks: report

New Delhi: Indian energy major Reliance Industries and Reliance Natural Resources Ltd will reach a gas supply agreement in the next two weeks, taking forward a patch-up between the billionaire Ambani brothers the Economic Times reported on Thursday.

The agreement, being negotiated between officials of the two companies, aims for Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries to supply gas for 10 years from 2012 to power plants run by his younger brother Anil, the newspaper said, without saying where it got the information from.

After five years of a bitter feud that split India’s richest family, the brothers had unexpectedly called a truce on Sunday by ending a non-competition agreement that was a source of acrimony between them.

Earlier this month Anil lost a Supreme Court battle with Mukesh in a gas pricing dispute, with the court ordering the brothers to renegotiate within six weeks a private natural gas supply contract and gave the government control over setting gas prices.

The Economic Times said there was a possibility that Reliance Industries may pick up significant minority stakes in gas-based power plants owned by Anil Ambani’s group.

A spokesman for Reliance Industries said he had no comment on the report, while Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group could not be immediately reached.

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