IOC ready to supply BS-VI fuel from April in Telangana
Hyderabad: From April this year, the entire country is switching over to the new fuel, where the sulphur content has been reduced to 10 parts per million (PPM) from 50 PPM in BS-IV fuels. This leads to reduction in harmful exhaust emissions. To bring the emission standards of fuels to BS-VI norms, IndianOil refineries had to implement clean fuel projects at a cost of Rs 17,000 crore which included the installation of new units. The fuel will be ready by April.
“We are in absolute readiness to launch BS-VI statewide in all IOC retail outlets of Telangana before the deadline. Most of the fuel sold here already conforms to BS-VI emission standards,” R Sravan S Rao, State Head for Telangana and AP, said adding that there would not be a major price difference between BS-IV and BS-VI fuels.
The BS-IV norms were implemented in 2017 and in three years the country is stepping up to BS-VI norms skipping BS-V as it voted for bringing in stringent emission control standards. The full advantage of BS-VI fuels will come when used with BS-VI compliant engines. However, BS-VI fuels can be used in BS-IV engines as well, he said.
IndianOil has a terminal in Cherlapally, a bulk depot in Ramagundam which feeds over 1100 plus petrol pumps. It has two bottling plants in Cherlapally and Thimmapur catering to 345 LPG distributorships. It now has about 1,100 petrol pumps in the State. For LPG, IndianOil has a storage capacity of 4100 Metric Tonnes and a bottling capacity of 300 TMTPA (Thousand Metric Tonnes per annum) across its two LPG Bottling Plants in Cherlapally and Thimmapur. It has about 44 lakh LPG customers.
It has won 17 exclusive geographical area sites in the ninth and tenth rounds for development of city gas distribution (CGD) projects. It has 13 CNG stations. To meet the increase in LPG demand, an additional LPG Tankage of 2400 MT in mounded storage is being envisaged at Cherlapally LPG plant at a cost of Rs 36 crore, he said.
Pipeline to be ready by 2022
The Paradip-Hyderabad Pipeline Project being executed by IndianOil at an investment of over Rs 3,800 crore would be completed in two years. Once the line is ready, it would aid in sustained supplies of IndianOil products in Telangana.
This pipeline project would terminate in the new terminal of IndianOil coming up in Malkapur in Nalgonda with a storage capacity of 180 thousand kilolitre at an investment of Rs 611 crore. This would be ready in about three years.
Rise in fuel prices expected
Hyderabad: The petroleum dealers hinted at a slight rise in fuel prices once the BS VI norms are enforced from April.
As oil refineries had invested almost huge amounts for the transformation, chances of rise in fuel prices are more even though the fuel prices have been coming down for the last few days. The price details could be known by the end of this month, a dealer said.
Joint Transport Commissioner G Mamata Prasad said the new emission norms would be enforced for reducing the pollutants. The emission levels would be negligible after the new rules are introduced.
Automobile dealers said new vehicles would be coming up with additional features to meet the norms. For example in Honda Activa 5G two-wheeler, there was a normal suspension. But in Honda Activa 6G, there will be a telescopic suspension to ensure smooth ride. “As wheel base will be increased, there will be more road grip,” Fortune Honda Showroom Manager, R S Umamaheswari said.