GUWAHATI: 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 Hydro Treater (DHDT) plant during 2018 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 crores for revamping its Motor Spirit plant to meet BS-VI specification of petrol which has also been commissioned during January 2020. 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, stated a press release.