GUWAHATI, Jan 11 � The Guwahati Refinery authorities today assured that there would be no impact on availability of essential petroleum products like motor spirit (petrol), diesel, ATF, LPG, kerosene, etc., in the market due to the fire incident in the refinery campus last evening.
To enquire into the incident of fire at the refinery, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) management has constituted a three-member team of experts from the refinery operations, technical services, and fire safety wings.
Addressing the media here, the DGM HR of the refinery WR Borbora said that the till now, the source of ignition could not be identified. The committee of experts is expected to submit its report in three days.
�All plants are functioning normally and product evacuation from the refinery by pipelines and by road have remained uninterrupted,� said Borbora.
Around 5 KL of slop material (hydrocarbon waste) was lost in the fire that broke out yesterday evening, while the tank shell and roof got ruptured. Total 49 drums of instrumentation cables which were stored on the northern side of the tank were affected. Cables and parts of bridge crane were also damaged in the incident.
�Immediately after the fire started, various measures were taken by IOCL technical personnel to ensure that the operations of other plants are not affected. All connecting valves to the Tank 56, where the fire broke out, were closed and the flow of slop material was also stopped,� he added.
Once again ruling out the possibility of sabotage, as claimed by the anti-talk faction of the ULFA, the refinery authorities today said that the security system of the refinery is very strong and also the place of incident is deep inside the refinery campus, where no one can enter breaching the security arrangements.