New Delhi: Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) may defer the planned 15-day shutdown of a 60,000 barrels per day crude unit at Mumbai refinery to September to meet local fuel demand, its head of refineries K. Murali said on Monday.
“We have to do some corrections in tower. We are looking at deferring the shutdown because industry demand has come,” Murali told the news agency.
Indian refiners are struggling to find takers for their diesel import tenders as traders target more lucrative sales to disaster-hit Japan.
Murali, however, said the company has no plans to change a 45-day maintenance shutdown of a 60,000 bpd crude unit, a visbreaker unit and a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) at Vizag refinery. The shutdown will begin in November, he said.
HPCL runs a 130,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery in Mumbai and a 166,000 bpd plant at Vizag, in Andhra Pradesh.