Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas Rameswar Teli said that years of research has gone into the technology of blending of ethanol with Petrol and it is a proven technology. Many studies to prove the efficacy of Ethanol blended Petrol have been carried out jointly with the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) of vehicles not just in India, but across the world
Recently several petrol pumps in Assam has expressed apprehension on the blending of ethanol. Teli visited the Guwahati Terminal (Betkuchi) of IndianOil and had a look at the facilities available and discussed about the future plans of the development of the Terminal.
Chief General Manager (Operations) from IndianOil Shri K V Ramanamurthy said stressed on the fact that the terminal was the First Smart Terminal of the North – East & also the first Green location in the North East with a CII Certified GreenCo “Silver” rating. The CGM also briefed about the blending of only 2.5% Ethanol with Petrol currently which is to be increased to 10 % in the coming days.
Talking about the recent controversy surrounding the blending of Ethanol with Petrol in Assam, the Minister said that years and years of research has gone into the technology of blending of ethanol with Petrol and it is a proven technology. Many studies to prove the efficacy of Ethanol blended Petrol have been carried out jointly with the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) of vehicles not just in India, but across the world.
Teli said that blending of Ethanol is the mandate of the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and would result in huge savings to the exchequer which will help bolster the Indian economy. He further stated that 2.5 % blending in the region is very low and blending needs to be increased to 10 % and further to 20 % in the days to come citing examples of countries like Brazil and large Indian states like Uttar Pradesh & Maharashtra.
To aid the availability of ethanol for blending in the region, the Assam Bio – Refinery Pvt. Ltd. has also been set up in Numaligarh with technological assistance from Finland to use Assam bamboo for production of Ethanol. This will further help generate employment as well as contribute to the savings for the country due to reduced crude oil imports. A lot of joint research and investment has been put in before taking the decision of setting up of the Bio – Refinery in Assam. More importantly, the bamboo will be sourced from the rural areas in the region which will help transform the rural landscape in the region into a more prosperous one.
Talking about apprehensions expressed by the Channel Partners of the Oil Industry, he advised the representatives of the Oil Marketing Companies present in the meeting to ensure that underground tanks of Petrol Pumps are cleaned thoroughly before ethanol blended petrol is decanted into the tanks of the Petrol Pumps.
Extracted in full from: ethanol: Years of research has gone into technology of blending of ethanol with Petrol and it is a proven technology: Union Min Rameswar Teli – The Economic Times (indiatimes.com)