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Amidst extreme agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act in India’s North-Eastern states, the region is heading towards a fuel supply crisis. With refineries shutdown, petrochemical plant and oil-producing facilities non-operational, it’s only a matter of weeks before the fuel crisis hit the region. Sources have revealed that IOC has shut down its Digboi refinery, and is running the Guwahati unit at minimal throughput, while OIL had to shut down its LPG production.
Farmers barricaded French refineries and fuel depots of Total SA as a protest to the company’s decision of bringing in palm oil. However, Total says that no more than 50 percent of the raw material used at the facility will be “imported palm oil” with suppliers certified by the RSPO. The protests come amidst the backdrop of recent trade agreements for imports not in sync with the French production framework.