Companies rule out ports closure hitting fuel supply

Mumbai, Aug 11 (Calcutta Tube) 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, an offshore oilfield, 160 km off the coast of Mumbai,’ 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 Tuesday, port officials 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 Aug 7, resulting in an oil spill.

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