Guwahati, Dec 17 (UNI) The Numaligarh Refinery has commenced export of High Speed Diesel(HSD) to Bangladesh with despatch of its first consignment yesterday from Silghat port in Nagaon district of Assam.
Two Bangladeshi barges 'Hangang-1' and 'Darashako' carrying about 1400 MT HSD set sail from Silghat, which was declared as the Port of Call in Indian territory for onward shipment to Baghabari in Northern Bangladesh which is the Bangladeshi Port of Call, along the river Brahmaputra via Dhubri in lower Assam, NRL official informed.
Loading is in progress for two more Indian barges, 'Naharkatia' and 'Barauni', scheduled to sail by the end of this month carrying 2100 MT of HSD. The HSD from the Refinery was brought to the jetty site in tank lorries and pumped to the barges anchored at Silghat, which is located at a distance of about 100 kms from the Refinery.
It may be mentioned that the agreement to export diesel to Bangladesh was signed on May 17 between NRL's parent Company, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation Limited. As per the terms of the agreement, NRL would export 1,20,000 MT of HSD annually. The initial period of validity of the Contract was from June to December, 2007 to be renewed thereafter.
Obtaining necessary clearances at various levels delayed the actual commencement of exports, the source said.