Guwahati(Assam), June 3 : Operations in Numaligarh Refinery Limited have come back to the normal level since last 2 weeks with the primary process units running at 90% to 95 % throughput. The Company is aggressively implementing all necessary protocol on social 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% capacity, there was minimum impact on sales volumes, which picked up further the month of May.
‘Compared to last year our sales drop during May 2020, was only to the extent of 7% in Diesel & 13% 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 labours. Today around 1000 workers from the neighbourhood are working at our project sites in different locations’ said MD, S. K. 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. NRL’s LPG Bottling Plant is operating in two shifts and is also bottling imported LPG brought in by BPCL through Haldia by road for sales in northeast.
The Work from Home policy implemented during Lockdown is continuing. Company’s regular Review & Functional meetings across all the locations including Audit committee and Board meetings are very effectively held over Cloud meeting software of Zoom or Microsoft Teams The Company is focused towards investing in Broadband and digital infrastructure and leveraging its existing facilities so as to provide a strong and stable network to all its employees across locations.