Mumbai : Bharat Petroleum Corp will keep a secondary unit at its 120,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) Mumbai refinery offline for at least two months following a fire last week, according to sources.  When contacted, a BPCL spokesman could not immediately confirm the duration of the shutdown, saying that a decision will be made in one to two days.

The middle distillates-making unit, a 6,000-tonnes per day (tpy) hydrocracker, was shut since August 8 following a fire that left 40 people injured. Middle distillates are namely, gasoil and jet fuel/kerosene. “The hydrocracker is expected to be shut for two to three months but BPCL is unlikely to import diesel due to high domestic inventories,” they said.

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