India keeps date with BS-VI fuels amid crown blockade

NEW DELHI: India will keep its date on Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) ultra clean fuels on April 1, jumping from BS-IV amid falling demand and movement restrictions in the past five weeks due to the spread of coronavirus infections and the national blockade.

“The April 1 deadline (for a nationwide change to BS-VI) is intact. The country will switch to BS-VI gasoline and diesel. In fact, we started selling these fuels across the country about 10-12 days ago. Sanjiv Singh . The president of India's largest fuel retailer, IndianOil, told TOI.

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“The oil industry is facing the possibilities of supplying fuel for vehicles that transport essentials and homes for cooking. We are running our refineries and other operations to ensure the country jumps to BS-VI as planned. This shows the strength of the Indian oil industry. Hindustan Oil president M K Surana he said to TOI.

Executives of Bharat Petroleum He also said that all his outlets have become BS-VI compatible. Private sellers are also ready. State-owned companies control 85% of India's fastest growing retail fuel market in the world with 64,625 outlets.

The change is a global feat as no other major economy is known to have improved fuel standards two levels at a time by skipping an intermediate stage. The roadmap was drawn in January 2016, when the Narendra Modi The government decided to skip the BS-V intermediate stage in an effort to quickly improve fuel quality to reduce vehicle emissions. BS-VI fuels are similar, but not the same, to the Euro-VI standard and have better emission parameters than CNG in some respects.

India now joins a club of countries that use gasoline and diesel that contain only 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur. The new fuels will reduce NOx emissions from BS-VI engines by 25% in gasoline cars and by 70% in diesel cars. Delhi has been operating on BS-VI a year before the deadline, while the NCR (National Capital Region) was changed in Ocotber last year.

Singh said that public sector oil companies managed to upgrade in just three years without any interruption to an estimated investment of Rs 35,000 crore. “First upgrading to BS-V and then switching to BS-VI would have prolonged the switch by 4-6 years. Refineries and automakers would have had to make investments twice, first to produce BS-V grade fuel and engines and then BS-VI engines.