New Delhi: India’s Essar Oil will only run its Vadinar refinery at full capacity from October, missing an earlier target of June-end, due to a delay in sourcing equipment for the new units, a company source said on 11 April.
“There is a delay in sourcing equipment for the FCC (fluid catalytic cracker) and diesel hydrotreater,” said a company official, who did not wish to be identified.
The refinery will run at full capacity once these units are commissioned, may be from third quarter.
Essar’s 210,000 barrels a day refinery in the western state of Gujarat is currently running at 150,000 bpd, and full capacity target dates have been repeatedly put back.
The firm’s managing director said in January it would be running at full throttle by April, but its spokesman last month said that would only be possible by the end of June.
The official said on 11 April the company plans to commission its 2.9 million tonne per year fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit in August, and a 3.3 million tonne diesel hydrotreater in September.
Essar Oil’s refinery is the second such project by a private firm in India’s state-dominated oil sector, with top private company Reliance Industries Ltd running a 660,000-bpd unit, also in western India.