Pakistan Refinery Limited resumes operations weeks after Karachi rains damage oil pipelines

Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL) has resumed its operations after completing the necessary repair works, the company informed on Wednesday.

“The crude oil connectivity between Keamari Terminal and the Refinery through the pipeline has been restored through a temporary arrangement,” the company said.

Just weeks ago, PRL shut down its operations, after heavy rains at Karachi washed away a portion of the Piles Bridge carrying the intra-city oil pipelines of the company.

“Due to the unusual heavy rain in Karachi on 25th August 2020 the rainwater has washed away a portion of the Piles Bridge carrying the intra-city oil pipelines of the company which connects Keamari Terminal to the Refinery at Korangi Creek for transportation of crude oil and product,” the company. The incident resulted in severely damaging the aforesaid oil pipelines, it added.

The company informed that though access to the site is difficult, they are assessing situation so that the magnitude of damage can be ascertained enabling them to take required measures regarding safety and continuity of Refinery Operations in the present situation, which may include temporary shut-down of Refinery Operations. “Once a thorough assessment is completed, we will be able to estimate the time period for restoring the oil pipelines and take appropriate decisions accordingly,” it said.

Meanwhile, the company informed that it is working on a permanent solution to the problem.