BPCL Of­fers Light Diesel Oil

Restart of Unit De­layed Till Dec

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views -

Bharat Pe­tro­leum Corp Ltd (BPCL) has of­fered light diesel oil (LDO) af­ter an ex­tended shut­down of a sec­ondary unit at its Mumbai re­fin­ery that could have lasted un­til De­cem­ber. BPCL is look­ing to sell up to 33,000 tonnes of LDO for Oct. In Au­gust, the sta­te­owned re­finer had shut a 6,000-tonnes-per day hy­dro­c­racker at its 120,000-bar­rel-per day (bpd) Mumbai re­fin­ery, fol­low­ing a fire that had left 40 peo­ple in­jured.

A hy­dro­c­racker is a unit needed to make mid­dle dis­til­lates, namely diesel and jet fuel, while LDO, which is used as feed-stock for the cracker, is a blend of gasoil and resid­ual fuel of­ten used as ma­rine fuel or in in­dus­trial equip­ment. The hy­dro­c­racker was pre­vi­ously ex­pected to restart last month but this could now be de­layed to early De­cem­ber.

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