Burmah Oil Refineries Ltd. was incorporated in 1952 as a joint venture between Burmah Oil Company, UK and Shell Petroleum Company by an agreement with the Indian Government to set up a refinery at Mahul in Mumbai, which went on stream in 1957. In 1976 the Indian Government nationalized the petroleum industry and acquired 100% equity in Burmah Oil Refineries and named it Bharat Refineries Ltd. The name was later changed to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) in 1977.
BPCL was an integrated refining and marketing company.
It markets a diverse range of products from petrochemicals, solvents, specialty lubricants, aviation fuel and LPG. The Mahul refinery had a capacity of 6 million tons per annum and it operated at 127% of the capacity in the year ending March 2000. It also had an installed capacity of 98000 MT of benzene, 17600 MT of Toluene, 90000 MT of lubricants and 10950 MT of sulphur. It was
the first Indian industrial unit to obtain ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 certification and the only Indian Refinery (and one of the 34 refineries worldwide) to achieve a Level 7 on the International Safety Rating System (ISRS).
BPCL’s retail network was the third largest in the country with around 4,500 retail outlets (petrol pumps / gas stations), around 950 dealerships for kerosene and light diesel oil, and 1200 LPG distributors. It had 22 LPG bottling plants, 3 lube blending and filling plants, 6 port installations, 13 aviation service stations, 67 company operated depots and 23 dispatch units. It completed a 250 km long cross-country pipeline between Mumbai and Manmad in March 1998. It had a market share of around 22% in petroleum products and 20% in LPG. In 2000, the total sales grossed over 36,000 crores of rupees and 18.86 million tons of petroleum products. Industrial customers contributed to 27% of sales, LPG 7%, aviation fuel 3% and lubricants 0.5% of the total sales. The refinery and the
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