Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd is seeking gas oil amid planned maintenance at its 180,000 barrels-per-day Bathinda refinery, three industry sources said on Thursday. 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 source 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 gas oil 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.