Indian Oil Corporation on Monday indicated that its fuel outlets located even at remotest locations in Tamil Nadu will start vending BS-VI fuel from April 1.
As the country migrates to the BS-VI regime directly from BS-IV-grade fuels on April 1 this year, barring its refineries in Northeast region, most of Indian Oil Corporation’s refineries have upgraded their technology and processes.
For Tamil Nadu, two refineries – Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s Manali refinery and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s Kochi refinery – have been supplying fuel to IOC.
“Both the CPCL refinery and the BPCL refinery are now BS-VI-compliant. The process for converting all our outlets into BS-VI fuel outlets is also over. Also, small outlets that take fuel once in a month due to lower demand will also become BS-VI fuel-compliant. So, from April 1, customers will get only BS-VI fuel with less than 10 ppm (parts per million),” P Jayadevan, Executive Director – Tamil Nadu & Puducherry, Indian Oil Corporation, said here.
IndianOil has a retail network of more than 2,318 outlets, including 630 Kisan Seva Kendras (rural outlets) in Tamil Nadu.
Expansion plans in TN
The migration to BS-VI will bring down sulphur content in petrol and diesel by five times, which is a whopping 80 per cent reduction. This will go a long way in mitigating the problem of air pollution and improving air quality.
Jayadevan also said IndianOil, through its channel partners, is marketing diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), branded as IOC ClearBlue.