Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd (BORL) has shut the only crude unit at its new plant in Central India, within few days of its startup, as the firm plans to link it with a vacuum distillation unit (VDU), a company official said on Wednesday.
State-controlled Bharat Petroleum Corp holds the majority of BORL, and Oman Oil Co owns 26 percent.
The crude unit at the 120,000 barrels per day Bina refinery was started on June 29.
The last refinery commissioned in India was 17 months ago, when Reliance Industries began production at its 580,000 bpd refinery at Jamnagar in western India.
"We had planned to shut the crude unit after 4-5 days of operations as we don't have enough intermediate tanks to store products. We will restart the CDU very soon in synchronisation with VDU," said UN Joshi, managing director of Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd (BORL), which runs the plant.
BORL will again shut the two units after a few days of operations and process the intermediate products at gasoline production units that are expected to be commissioned later this month, Joshi said.
The Bina refinery has a one-million-tonne-a-year naphtha hydrotreater and a half-a-million-tonne continuous catalytic reformer to produce gasoline.
Joshi said gasoline units would also be shut after a few days of operations.
"All units will then be commissioned along with the hydrocracker, which should be commissioned in July-August, provided we get boilers on time," he said.
BORL aims for full scale commissioning of the plant by end-September, he said.