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Operations at Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) in Assam have come back to the normal level since last two weeks with the primary process units running at 90-95 per cent throughput, a company statement said on June 3.

The refinery is aggressively implementing all necessary protocol on physical distancing, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and compulsory using of masks in all its locations.

During the entire period of lockdown, the refinery had been functioning round-the-clock sustaining optimal operations with bare minimum employees and contract workers.

Although, the impact of lockdown was felt in the month of March and April with the refinery operating at about 60 per cent capacity, there was minimum impact on sales volumes, which picked up further in May.

“Compared to last year our sales drop during May, was only to the extent of 7 per cent in diesel and 13 per cent in petrol primarily because of lower impact of COVID-19 in our geographical market. We could also start our construction activities in all our project sites as we did not have much migrant labourers. Today around 1000 workers from the neighbourhood are working at our project sites in different locations,” said Managing Director at NRL, SK Barua.

The refinery had enhanced LPG yield and bottling during the lockdown to ensure that people are not inconvenienced due to shortage of cooking gas.

The ‘Work from Home’ policy implemented during lockdown is continuing. The company’s regular review and functional meetings across all the locations including audit committee and board meetings are being held over cloud meeting software.

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