Indian Oil Corporation target Jan 2017 to start supply of BS-IV compliant diesel

Date: Jul 24 , 2016

Vadodara: IOC is spending Rs 1,800 crore towards revamping its three diesel treating and hydro-treating units at Gujarat Refinery for producing BS IV compliant diesel. They will supply Bharat Stage(BS)-IV compliant diesel from January 2017, a senior official has said.

IOC Executive Director S K Dhar Gupta said “The investment is a part of quality upgradation exercise undertaken to meet emission standards set under the Central Government's auto fuel policy"

Koyali village refinery, located at on the city's outskirts, will be upgraded to be adequately equipped to supply 100 per cent BS-IV compliant diesel and petrol.

Out of the total monthly petrol production of 1.60 lakh tonnes, the refinery is currently supplying about 1.50 lakh to 1.55 lakh tonnes of BS-IV compliant petrol.

The BS-IV compliant fuels have low sulphur level at 50 ppm. Under BS-III norms, petrol and diesel have sulphur content of 150 ppm and 350 ppm, respectively.

The reduced sulphur content will help immensely in controlling air pollution levels caused by auto emissions. 

The process of upgradation is expected to be over in January 2017 after which we will start supply of BS-IV diesel.

However, the IOC facility will continue to produce BS-III diesel from January-April 2017 for enabling old vehicles to smoothly switch over to BS-IV norms said Mr. Gupta.