India-based Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) is planning to close its 120,000bpd Bina refinery in central India, completely for maintenance.

BPCL refineries head Datta was cited by Reuters as saying that the refinery will be closed up to a month in September and October for maintenance at the plant’s secondary units as well.

Bharat Oman Refineries (BORL), with majority owned by BPCL and remaining by Oman Oil, operates the Bina plant.

Meanwhile, BPCL is scheduled to resume a 90,000 bpd crude unit at its Kochi refinery by the end of this week.

"This is a small shutdown of seven to 10 days of a crude unit. This is for a hook-up job to avoid any major shutdown at the time of expansion," Datta added.

BPCL intends to increase the Kochi refinery capacity from the current 190,000 bpd to 310,000 bpd by end-2015.