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BPCL eyes Bina refinery expansion to 310,000 bpd in 4-5 years: Official

India aims to expand its refining capacity by 35% to 6.2 mn bpd to meet rising fuel demand

Reuters  |  Mumbai | New Delhi 

BPCL eyes Bina refinery expansion to 310,000 bpd in 4-5 years: Official

State-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) aims to expand the capacity of its in central to about 310,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the next four to five years from the current 120,000 bpd, its head of refineries said on Wednesday.

aims to expand its refining capacity by 35% to 6.2 million bpd to meet the country's rising fuel demand.

owns a majority stake in Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd (BORL), which runs the plant. Oman Oil Co owns 26% in the refinery.

aims to shut the for about a month in June-September 2018 as the refinery is adding some units to raise capacity to 156,000 bpd, said R Ramachandran.

"Our aim is to operate the at a higher capacity before September," Ramachandran told Reuters.

is in the process of raising the capacity of its Kochi refinery in Southern to 310,000 bpd by September this year.

"Pre-commissioning activity is on and we hope by September all units will be functional," he added.

The refiner aims to further raise the capacity of the Kochi refinery to 400,000 bpd but the plan is at an early stage, he said, without elaborating.

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