India’s Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd will keep a secondary unit at its 120,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) Mumbai refinery offline for at least two months following a fire last week, two industry sources said on Friday.
When contacted, a BPCL spokesman could not immediately confirm the duration of the shutdown, saying that a decision will be made in one to two days.
The middle distillates-making unit, a 6,000-tonnes per day (tpy) hydrocracker, was shut since 8 August following a fire that left 40 people injured. Middle distillates are namely, gasoil and jet fuel/kerosene.
“The hydrocracker is expected to be shut for two to three months but BPCL is unlikely to import gasoil due to high domestic inventories,” said one of the two sources.
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