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Essar Oil to shut plant from mid-April

Essar Oil to shut plant from mid-April
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First Published: Fri, Mar 06 2009. 12 59 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 06 2009. 12 59 PM IST
New Delhi: Essar Oil will shut its 210,000 bpd Vadinar refinery in western India for 18-20 days from 13 April for routine maintenance, company sources said on Friday.
The firm earlier planned to shut the plant from 23 March.
“There is no particular reason as to why we have deferred the shutdown. We thought that we should have it in next financial year,” said one of the company sources, who could not be named.
He said there would be no expansion work during the shutdown.
“There will be a minor debottlenecking but no expansion. We will mainly shut the CDU (crude distillation unit) and FCCU (fluid catalytic cracker unit), so other units will not be functional during that period.”
Essar’s refinery has one 210,000 bpd crude unit and a 3.5 million tonnes a year FCCU.
A second source said the refinery would be shut for 18-20 days, “but there is every possibility it will be stretched further”.
An Essar spokesman declined immediate comment.
Essar last fully closed its refinery in July 2007, when it was shut for three weeks to ramp up capacity to 210,000 bpd and add secondary units, including a 3.7 million tonnes a year diesel hydro desulphurisation unit.
The refinery was commissioned in November 2006.
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First Published: Fri, Mar 06 2009. 12 59 PM IST