The Indian Oil Corporation Limited, country’s largest petroleum product retailer, on Wednesday said that each of its around 1,400 petrol pumps in Gujarat will soon start selling Bharat Stage-VI grade automobile fuel while all of around 28,000 retail outlets of the company in the country will start doing the same from the beginning of the next month.
IOC officials said that the company’s refinery at Koyali in Vadodara started refining auto fuels to BS-VI grade from last November onward and that upgradation of the remaining 10 refineries has also been completed. They said that presently, dilution, the process of flushing out BS-IV grade fuel from its product retail and supply chain and replenish it with BS-IV grade fuel is in progress.
“We are confident that all our retail outlets in the country would formally start selling BS-VI grade auto fuels from April 1. Presently, the dilution process is in progress. In fact fuel at a number of outlets have already achieved the BS-VI grade. We are supplying fuel stations BS-VI grade fuel which, on paper is still being sold as BS-IV grade. But from April 1 onward, all the fuel stations will achieve BS-VI grade,” K Suresh Bacon, general manager (operations) in the marketing division of IOC’s Gujarat state office said.
Of the 1,435 IOC retail outlets in Gujarat, around 1,360 are operational. “We have already achieved between 95 to 98 per cent transition to BS-VI grade fuel and the dilution process will get over in next few days. Therefore, all retail outlets in Gujarat will start selling BS-VI fuel before deadline,” a top officer of the company said, adding the retail outlets have total 4,000 tanks and BS-IV fuel has been flushed out from most of them.
OIC has set up a sulphur analysing lab in Kandla and the lab has been testing samples drawn from retail outlets across the state to decipher level of transition.