Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Jamnagar refinery back on track

Reliance Industries said its Jamnagar refinery, where a fire destroyed one of its oil processing units on Wednesday, is operating at full capacity and the accident will not affect the company's financial performance and supply of products.

"All the units are running at full capacity. Only the fire-hit desulphurisation unit is out of operation," RIL's Jamnagar refinery site president P K Kapil told PTI.

A diesel hydrotreater that was shut following the fire at the adjacent vacuum gasoil hydrotreater was back in operation and all other units were operating at full capacity.

"Jamnagar refinery produces 7,500 tonnes of LPG per day. Today the refinery is producing close to that figure," he said adding it was not correct to say that the country would be deprived of LPG.

Meanwhile, one contract worker, reported missing after the fire, was found dead. Another company employee, who suffered more than 60 per cent burn injuries, has been moved to Mumbai for treatment.

Reliance officials said Jamnagar refinery, which met about one-fifth of country's LPG demand, had enough stocks to meet the requirement for the next one week.

Kapil said there would be no shortage of any petroleum products because of the fire. The fire had affected only a small section of the refinery and the rest of it was working properly.

Petroleum Minister Murli Deora, who took stock of the situation at a meeting of chief executives of oil companies, said the country had enough stocks to meet LPG requirement for more than two weeks.

"As a precaution, we have already floated tenders to import LPG," he said.

The fire damaged the vacuum gasoil hydrotreater unit No. 2 and the company as a precaution also shut down the adjacent diesel hydrotreater unit No. 2. Hydrotreaters remove sulphur from petrol and diesel.


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