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Bharat Petroleum Corp. to restart crude unit at Kochi refinery by end of July

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As reported by Reuters, Bharat Petroleum Corp. has said it plans to restart a 200 000 bpd crude unit at its 310 000 bpd refinery in Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala by the end of this month following a three-week maintenance shutdown.

The shutdown of the crude unit and some secondary units at Kochi started earlier this month after the company restarted a 156 000 bpd crude unit at its Bina refinery in central India, R. Ramachandran, the company's head of refineries, told Reuters.

BPCL, the country’s second biggest state refiner, had shut the crude unit at the Bina refinery for approximately three weeks from the second week of June for routine maintenance, he said. Bina has only one crude unit.

According to government data, BPCL’s Bina refinery operated at about 60% of its installed capacity in June.

BPCL also plans to shut a continuous catalytic reformer at its Mumbai refinery in western India for about three weeks from 1 August, he said.

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