Occasion Marking The Launch Of Reference Fuels

  • Produced by Indian oil’s Paradip & Panipat Refineries.
  • Occasion marking the launch of ‘Reference Gasoline and Diesel Fuels’ produced by Indian oil for the first time in India.
  • Gives impetus to the Make in India mission of the Government of India.

Four-pronged energy security strategy adopted by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas:

  • Diversification of energy supplies
  • Increasing India’s exploration and Production footprint
  • Alternate energy sources and meet energy transition through a gas-based economy
  • Green Hydrogen and EVs
  • Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is moving towards the direction of clean energy (especially the Bio-fuels section), transition to BS-VI fuels and introduction of EV charging stations, CBG, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Ethanol blending, and Hydrogen fuels.
  • Panipat Refinery & Petrochemicals Complex is India’s first 2G & 3G ethanol plant
  • Upcoming 10 KTA green hydrogen plant at Panipat will further augment Indian oil’s green energy transition.
  • Paradip Refinery is the most modern and complex refinery in India that can process 100% high sulphur crude oil.
  • The refinery marked a major milestone when it handled its 1000th vessel at the south oil jetty in the recent past.
  • Indian Oil’s Research & Development Centre crossed the milestone of filing 1500 patents.
  • The ambitious target is to achieve 20% blending from 2030 to 2025 and the sale of E20 blended fuel at over 5,000 petrol retail outlets.

About Reference Fuels:

  • Indian oil has successfully commenced the production of Reference Gasoline and Diesel Fuels for the first time in India.
  • These fuels (Gasoline and Diesel) are premium high-value products used for calibration and testing of vehicles by Automobile manufacturers (Auto OEMs) and organisations involved in testing and certification in the automotive field like ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology) and ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
  • The indigenous development of this product is in line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision for “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
  • To meet International standards, these products had passed through three layers of certification namely, a Refinery lab, IOCL R&D Centre and an internationally reputed third party lab.
  • India is dependent on imports to cater to the demand for this specialised fuel.
  • These indigenously developed products will lead to import substitution at better prices and minimum lead time for the Vehicle manufacturers.
  • Reference Gasoline fuels will be available in E0, E5, E10, E20, E85 and E100 from Flagship Paradip Refinery.
  • Reference diesel fuel shall be available in B7 grade.
  • Specification requirements of Reference Fuels are more stringent than commercial gasoline and diesel.
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