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Fuel supply to improve soon in south, says Indian Oil

BS Reporter  |  Chennai 

Supply of diesel in the four southern states, which was interrupted in the recent days, would become normal as Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) has resumed operations, according to a government announcement.

In the last few days, diesel shortage was reported in fuel stations in the southern states, which according to an announcement from Corporation Limited (IOC), was due to the shutdown of from April 12, 2012.

“The closure of was due to certain restrictions placed on them by the local administration on the withdrawal of water from local sources. This issue has since been sorted out and has been allowed to draw water. The refinery has since started operations and the product is expected to flow from May 1, 2012,” the announcement said.

Meanwhile, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) is moving a tanker, which is expected to be berthed in Chennai on April 29, and IOC is planning an import parcel of diesel from Singapore, which is also expected to be berthed in Chennai shortly.

“With the above arrangements and also the resumption of MRPL, supply of all petroleum products, including diesel, would be normal soon,” it added.

MRPL, a standalone refinery, is a subsidiary of All oil have arrangements with for supply of petroleum products to the four southern states.

However, the main pipeline infrastructure is with The products from are mainly consumed in Karnataka by oil is moving products from to various parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, while IOC and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) mainly draw supplies from their subsidiary at Chennai and Kochi.

First Published: Mon, April 30 2012. 00:04 IST