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Anti-CAB protests: Fuel, LPG, power shortage likely

Anti-CAB protests: Fuel, LPG, power shortage likely

Guwahati, Dec 14 (UNI) The anti-CAB protests have severely affected the production of crude oil and natural gas, which could lead to a shortage of fuel and cooking gas in Assam as well as other parts of North East.

Due to a halt in production of crude oil and natural gas, the supply of these to the refineries and consumers like BPCL, NEEPCO, BVCL, etc. has been hit.

All drilling work in ONGC fields in upper Assam has stopped for last three-four days, an ONGC source said.

The production at the gas wells would also have to be stopped as there are no adequate storage facilities at the sites and supply to the refineries has been disrupted due to the ongoing agitations.

“If the natural gas supply is not resumed soon, there is a real possibility of a shortage of piped cooking gas supply, especially in Nazira and Sivsagar,” the source said, adding that it would also impact the overall LPG supply in the state.

All logistical support of the ONGC, including the movement of its tankers, has been stopped since the last few days, bringing all activities to a grinding halt.

“Our staff is also being unable to report for work,” the source said.

The Oil India Limited (OIL) has also reported a severe loss in its day-to-day operations due to the ongoing agitations.

Besides the loss of production of crude oil and natural gas, the stoppage of OIL’s operations has badly hit production of LPG and supply of crude oil to refineries and consumers of natural gas like BVFCL, BCPL, NEEPCO, AGCL, APL, etc, sources in OIL said.

“This will have an adverse impact on the power situation in the state as well as lead to shortage of essential items like LPG, which will impact the common people most,” the sources pointed.

Operations at Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) are also expected to be hit as the refinery is unlikely to resume functioning from early next week at the end of its scheduled shut-down.

A proposed 30-routine shutdown of the NRL for maintenance and revamp is currently going on, which is scheduled to end on December 15.

But sources in NRL said the refinery operations are not likely to resume thereafter due to shortage of crude and absence of logistics, in view of the agitations.

Assam has been opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which has become an Act now, that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to illegal Hindu, Parsi, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Christian migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who had entered India prior to December 31, 2014, without any documents.

However, people of North Eastern states, especially Assam and Tripura, are demanding its revocation as they fear being ‘overrun’ by non-Muslims from neighbouring Bangladesh.

UNI SG RN

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