The company said it is operating fuel stations with skeletal staff to ensure personal hygiene and social distancing norms.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, the demand for petroleum products like petrol, diesel, fuel oil, bitumen, etc have reduced substantially. The demand for Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) has also come down sharply due to suspension of flights,” IndianOil said.
It added the upliftment of finished products in the last one week has helped bulk storage across the country build up their stocks for future-readiness once the countrywide lockdown is lifted and the demand picks up.
The heads of two petrol pump dealers association told ETEnergyWorld today dealers are facing an unprecedented crisis as the demand for petrol and diesel has collapsed even as costs remain the same. They asked for a relief package from the government in order to ensure operations.
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IndianOil said while the demand for most of the fuels has dropped, the demand for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is growing. “To meet the rising demand for LPG, IndianOil is taking steps to increase LPG production in its major refineries by optimising operations, improving LPG yield in LPG producing units like FCC/Indmax, etc. Bottling plant operations and LPG refill deliveries are being streamlined accordingly,” it said.
The fuel retailer has formed a high-level committee to deal with all matters related to Covid-19 and has streamlined the working at the company’s non-critical locations with work-from-home norms in place to ensure proper social distancing norms.
Adequate work-force is being deployed at critical refining, supply and distribution locations, with all health, hygiene and safety measures in place. Manning has also been rationalised in round-the-clock shift operations, fire and Safety, medical and other essential services