Guwahati(Assam),Feb28:Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has started supplying Bharat Stage (BS) VI grade of Motor Spirit (Petrol) and High Speed Diesel (Diesel) from its refinery.
NRL had commissioned a Diesel Hydrotreater (DHDT) plant two years back with a project cost of around Rs 1,000 Crore. This plant is capable of producing BS-VI grade of Diesel.
Recently, NRL invested around Rs. 125 Crore for revamping its Motor Spirit plant to meet BS-VI specification of petrol which has also been commissioned during Jan last.
Further, the Refinery which has embarked on a massive expansion plan from 3 MMTPA to 9 MMTPA has been configured to produce BS VI compliant fuels from its new facilities.
As compared to the present specification of BS IV grade of automotive fuel used in the country with a sulphur specification of 50 PPM, BS VI grade of automotive fuel has a much stringent sulphur limit of 10 PPM.
While the country will leapfrog from the current BS-IV grade fuel to BS-VI, which have emission standards equivalent to Euro-VI fuel from April 1, 2020, NRL has begun supplying the ultra-clean fuel to the market ahead of schedule so that oil marketing companies taking supply from NRL can upgrade their inventory of automotive fuel – Petrol and Diesel, in their retail outlets and terminals well ahead of the timeline.