10th September 2019
EP Report

Diesel import from neighboring India has drop by almost half due to capacity limitation of Bangladesh Railway (BR).

State-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) could now import only two rakes of diesel per month from Numaligarh refinery of Assam through railway instead of usual four rakes per month as the consequence, a senior BPC official said.

Over the past several months, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) of India has been requesting the BPC to import 50 wagons of diesel from its Numaligarh refinery in one rake.

But the BPC has so far denied it saying that it has no capacity to import 50 wagons of diesel in one-go due to the capacity constraint of Bangladesh Railway (BR) engines.

The BPC has been importing diesel from Indian border to Parbatipur through 42-wagon rake since the initiation of diesel import from the Numaligarh refinery in October 2017, said the BPC official.

BPC wrote a letter recently to BR, requesting it to make arrangement for bringing 50-wagon rake.

The BPCL has already informed the BPC not to supply over two rakes of diesel if the BPC continues importing diesel with the 42-wagon rakes, he said.

The Indian company, however, intends to supply four rakes of diesel if the BPC imports through 50-wagon rakes, the official added,

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