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Ports closure not to hit fuel supply: firms

business Updated: Aug 11, 2010 23:24 IST

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State-run oil marketing companies have ruled out a fuel shortage following the closure of the Jawaharlal Nehru and Mumbai ports, which has disrupted shipment of crude oil to local refineries.

The companies said they have stocked up inventories and will get supplies through pipelines.

"There is no problem for the immediate few days for Bharat Petroleum, since we are getting crude supplies through the pipelines from Mumbai High," said a company spokesperson.

Hindustan Petroleum also said it will get crude through a pipeline and from inventories.

At a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday, port officials had said the navigation channel would be cleared for traffic by this weekend.

Traffic at the country's two busiest ports was stalled after two ships collided off the Mumbai coast on August 7, resulting in an oil spill and containers with cargo including pesticides falling into the sea.