New Delhi, June 18 (KMS): The Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) has become the first oil firm to start supplies of ethanol-blended petrol in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The HPCL in a statement issued in New Delhi said, the fuel to the Ladakh region is supplied from its Leh depot, situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet.
“Conquering the fuel requirement at such high altitude / low temperature and duly backed by robust quality checks, HPCL has become the first oil marketing company in the country to launch ethanol-blended petrol in Ladakh region,” it said.
The government has mandated oil companies to mix ethanol in petrol to help cut emissions and reduce oil import bill. A target of mixing 20 per cent ethanol in petrol has been set for 2025.
HPCL’s Leh depot with total tankage of 4,450 kilolitres was commissioned in 2018. It caters to the local demand and requirements of the Indian Armed Forces deployed along the borders. The depot has the capacity to cater to the entire region during the harsh winter months when supply to the region is not possible due to road blockages.
The statement said that the HPCL was also the first oil marketing company of India to start selling ethanol-blended petrol from its retail outlets situated in IIOJK.