Reliance: FCCU unit at Gujarat faces an emergency shutdown

On June 9, the private crude oil refinery owned by Reliance Industries Limited announced that a secondary unit at its export-focused SEZ refinery in Gujarat has been shut since June 6. The stoppage might end up delaying the shipments of some product cargoes.

The refinery has the capacity to process 704,000 barrels of crude per day (bpd). It is a part of the world’s biggest refining complex in Jamnagar, which is situated in the western part of Gujarat. It was also informed that all other units at Jamnagar would be operating normally.

According to Reuters, the 704,000 bpd export-focused plant is adjacent to the 330,000 bpd refinery market that mainly sells products in the local market.

The company in a stock exchange filing said, “The FCCU unit is being repaired on top priority and is expected to be restarted expeditiously.” It continued, “Consequently, some product shipments may get delayed and we are working to minimize the impact on our customers.”

Reliance, the operator of the refining complex, has not stated any reason for the emergency shutdown of the refinery’s Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) yet. The Jamnagar Complex has two independent crude oil refineries.

As per a source familiar with the matter, the unit will possibly be fixed in a week’s time.

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