New Delhi: Reliance Industries plans to shut a giant coker unit at its 660,000 barrel per day (bpd) Jamnagar refinery for about 15 days for routine maintenance from the end of October or early in November, two sources said on Friday.
Reliance operates a 160,000 bpd delayed coker unit at its plant, situated next to its 580,000 bpd export focused refinery.
“They plan to shut a 330,000-bpd crude unit from 26 October and few days after that they plan to shut the delayed coker unit for about two weeks,” said one of the sources familiar with Reliance’s refinery operations.
Reliance plans to complete the maintenance and start-up of the two units in three to four weeks’ time from 26 October, he said.
No comment was available from Reliance.
Reliance would supply about 15,000 tonnes less liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to state-run refiners in November due to the shutdown, the second source said.
State refineries on an average buy 100,000-130,000 tonnes of LPG from Reliance every month for local sales on top of term deals they have with national oil companies of other countries, he said.
“There will be no impact on local supplies as state-run refiners have made appropriate arrangements to make up for the shortfall,” the second source said.
An Asian oil product trader, who regularly deals with Reliance, said refinery output would definitely be lower due to shutdown of the crude unit and coker.
“Gas oil output will be hit due to the coker’s shutdown. It also makes gasoline, LPG and jet fuel, but I understand Reliance is churning out more of diesel than other products,” the trader said, declining to be identified because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
Still, given that it is a planned shutdown, the impact on Reliance’s fuel supply commitments will be minimal, he said.