The LPG bottling plant of Indian Oil at Udayamperur in Kochi has resumed operations from second shift of Wednesday. This follows the clearance received from Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives.

Earlier the Kochi plant was ordered for closure by the director of Factories and Boilers and the Explosives Department in Kochi after gas leak from a contractor-operated LPG bullet truck on September 10.

Based on the safety compliance submitted by IOC, the director of Factories & Boilers had cleared the plant for operations from September 14, though operations could not be resumed, pending clearance from the Explosives Department also.

After inspection by the Explosives Department officials on Tuesday, permission was granted on Wednesday to start the plant operations, a statement issued here said.

Currently adequate bulk LPG stock is available at Kochi plant for bottling operations. The Indian Oil team is making all-out efforts to maximise supplies and reduce backlog by working through the weekend, including holidays.

It is also persuading the bulk LPG transporters to place their trucks for moving bulk LPG from Kochi and Mangalore so that bulk supplies are not affected for continued operations of the bottling plant.

All adequate safety measures are being ensured for safe operations of the plant to bottle LPG cylinders and efforts are also under way to clear the backlog post resumption of operations at the Kochi bottling plant, the statement added.

(This article was published on September 19, 2012)
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