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HPCL seeks gasoil as refinery starts maintenance - sources
May 11, 2017 / 7:22 AM / in 5 months

HPCL seeks gasoil as refinery starts maintenance - sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd is seeking gasoil amid planned maintenance at its 180,000 barrels-per-day Bathinda refinery, three industry sources said on Thursday.

A worker walks inside the complex of Guru Gobind Singh oil refinery near Bhatinda inPunjab April 27, 2012. REUTERS/Ajay Verma/Files

The company is seeking 60,000 tonnes of gasoil with a sulphur content of 40 parts per million for delivery into Visakhapatnam over May 25 to 30, a tender document seen by Reuters showed.

The tender closes on May 15.

HPCL seldom imports gasoil in the spot market as the company is well-balanced with its demand and supply, the sources said.

It is seeking gasoil as its Bathinda refinery started planned maintenance this week that will last for about one-and-a-half months, one of the sources familiar with the matter said.

India’s gasoil demand growth has slowed to about 3 percent a year from a peak of 8 to 9 percent after a government decision to abolish high-value currency bills hurt small businesses, the source said.

But increased infrastructure projects will likely cause a rebound in demand for the industrial and transport fuel by second half of the year or first half of next year, the source said.

Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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