Over 28,000 BS6 fuel stations are ready in India : Indian Oil

Over 28000 BS6 fuel stations are now ready in india to supply BS6 Fuel. With the implementation of the BS6 Norms in India where all manufacturers started to manufacture BS6 compliant vehicles, on the other hand oil companies like Indian Oil have invested about Rs 17,000 crore to upgrade its facilities to meet the new emissions standards; the outcome is that now BS6 fuel available at nozzle level two weeks ahead of deadline which is great news.

Overview of BS6 Fuel stations ready in India

Indian Oil has confirmed the readiness of the BS6 fuel supply fuel stations, with 28000 fuel stations that can dispense BS6 fuel, at nozzle level before the BS6 emission norms mandate is implemented on April 1.

Chairman Sanjiv Singh shared message on Twitter and said that, Indian Oil has now become totally BS6-complaint in automotive fuels right from its refineries down to the pump nozzles at all its 28000 fuel stations spread across India.

“With this, we have fulfilled our commitment of ushering clean, conventional energy in the country and kept our promise of delivering the cleanest fuels in just three years which is an unprecedented achievement. Also considering that India is perhaps the only country to leapfrog directly from BS4 to BS6 ultra-clean petrol and diesel, the timely completion of this ambitious initiative will go a long way in enhancing India’s credentials as a world-class refining hub in Asia, with the fourth largest refining capacity in the world.”

“As you may be aware, Indian Oil refineries have implemented BS6 clean fuel projects at a combined cost of about Rs 17,000 crore. These included installation of new units like diesel hydro- treater, gasoline isomerisation, hydro-desulphurisation and revamp of existing processes, offsite and utility facilities, several of them being our own in-house developed technologies at our R&D Centre,” said Singh in his statement.  

On January 31, 2020, Indian Oil had already achieved the conversion from BS4 to BS6 fuels at 80 percent of its 121 bulk storage terminals across India and now across all the bulk storages.

Indian Oil, has invested about Rs 17,000 crore for upgrading its facilities to the new emissions standards apart from that the several State-owned OMCs have cumulatively invested over Rs 30,000 crore to upgrade their refineries and facilities for the production of cleaner BS6 fuels with Indian Oil accounting for nearly half of India’s petroleum products market share, with sales of about 90 million tonnes in fiscal year 2018-19.

Previously implemented emission norms in india

BS6 fuel contains five times fewer sulphur traces and about 70 percent less nitrogen oxide in diesel engines; 25 percent in the case of petrol engines.

  • From October 2010, Bharat Stage (BS) III emission norms were regulated across the nation which allowed sulphur content in MS (petrol) & HSD (diesel) up to 150ppm (parts per million) and 350ppm, respectively.
  • From April 2017, BS4 norms came into picture, which allowed sulphur in MS (petrol) & HSD (diesel) upto 50ppm.
  • From April 2020, BS6 norms are implemented and will bring down sulphur by 5 times, which is upto 80 percent reduction in sulfur content and will help make the environment cleaner.

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