According to two persons familiar with the proposal, India’s BPCL intends to shut down its 156,000 barrels per day (BPD) Bina refinery in central India for maintenance for nearly a month in June.
According to the sources, the state-run refiner also intends to shut down half of its 240,000 BPD Mumbai refinery in western India for maintenance for three to four weeks in September or October.
A Reuters inquiry for comments received no response from the BPCL spokesperson.
According to sources, the shutdown plan’s contents are “tentative,” and the dates will be decided upon later.
One of the sources quoted, “As of now the plan is to shut Bina refinery from June 1, once Numaligarh (refinery) is back from its shutdown.”
Every four years, units in refineries must be shut down in India for maintenance & inspection.
According to a business spokesperson who spoke to Reuters, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd plans to shut down its 60,000 BPD unit in the northeast for maintenance for roughly 40 days up till the end of April.
According to sources, BPCL will fulfil its supply agreements and there won’t be any shortages as a result of the planned downtime of units at its refineries.