MRPL, Shell Aviation JV to sell aviation fuel at Indian airports

Mumbai: Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) has informed the Bombay Stock exchange that it will from an exclusive joint venture with Shell Aviation to market and supply aviation fuel at Indian airports.

MRPL and Shell Aviation are respective subsidiaries of the Indian petroleum major Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Shell, the multinational oil and gas giant.

'The company and Shell Aviation on January 21 announced a landmark agreement to enter into an exclusive joint venture (JV) to market and supply aviation fuel, initially at two Indian airports, Bangalore and Hyderabad, and later on at other Indian airports,' MRPL informed Bombay Stock Exchange Monday in a statement.

'The company will bring its expertise and supply of high quality products, and Shell Aviation will bring its global brand, network and customer base in addition to stringent quality control procedures,' the statement said.

'Together the companies will offer a compelling co-branded global refuelling offer to both the Indian and international airlines,' it said.

'The agreement will become effective early in 2008,' MRPL said.