MRPL to operate plant at 50% capacity
13 May 2019
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd will operate its 300,000 barrels-per-day refinery in southern India at about 50% capacity due to water shortage. We are maximizing sewage water to sustain the operation to an extent possible," Managing Director M Venkatesh said.
The refinery has three crude units. A 60,000 bpd crude unit and some secondary units are already shut for routine maintenance, Venkatesh said, adding that his firm will shut another 96,000 bpd crude unit and a hydrocracker.
MRPL is trying to keep the third crude unit of 142,000 bpd capacity operating for at least a month. The crude unit normally operates at a rate of about 160,000 bpd. MRPL will meet all its commitments for fuel supply despite the shutdown of half of its crude-processing capacity, Venkatesh added.
The company supplies oil products mostly to meet fuel demand in southern India.
"Considering the acute shortage of fresh water in the river Nethravathi, in absence of summer showers, MRPL Refinery Complex process units are under partial shutdown as a force majeure," MRPL said.
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