A reader of this blog has alerted me about serious problems at Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL). An electrical short circuit has forced the company to stop operations at one crude distillation unit, two hydrocracker units, two visbreaker units, two sulphur recovery units and two reformers. The refinery is said to be operating at only 30%.
MRPL’s deputy general manager of corporate communications attributed the accident to a rat that snipped the power cables.
However, another report places the blame on two ghosts who have taken shelter in a banyan tree near the entrance to the plant. But it does not explain why the ghosts decided to trip the plant.
And the Deccan Chronicle writes that a special ‘pooja’ has been performed to seek divine protection and also appease Mother Earth as a number of trees were cut when land was acquired for expansion of the refinery.
Is God listening?