Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday remotely flagged off the first supply of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) based biodiesel blended diesel under the Expressions of Interest (EoIs) Scheme from Indian Oil’s Tikrikalan Terminal.
Speaking on the occasion, Dharmendra Pradhan complimented the Oil industry on the stellar role they have played to keep the fuel lines running despite the stiff challenges of the pandemic. He also lauded the OMCs for going beyond the usual business imperatives by extending support for medical oxygen supply to the nation in this crisis. Pradhan also appreciated IndianOil’s leadership role in smoothening the Liquid oxygen logistics in the country through various initiatives.
Referring to the flag-off of the first supply of UCO-based Biodiesel from IndianOil’s Tikrikalan Terminal, Pradhan said, “This is a landmark in India’s pursuance of Biofuels and will have a positive impact on the environment. This initiative will garner substantial economic benefits for the nation by shoring up indigenous Biodiesel supply, reducing import dependence, and generating rural employment”.
To create an eco-system for collection and conversion of UCO into Biodiesel and developing entrepreneurship opportunities, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, along with Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, had initiated Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for “Procurement of Bio-diesel produced from Used Cooking Oil (UCO)” on the occasion of World Biofuel Day on August 10, 2019. And such “Expression of Interest” is being periodically released by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).
He appreciated the proactive role played by Oil Marketing companies (OMCs) in this direction and shared that 30 LOIs have already been issued.
In the first phase, 11 EoIs were floated between August 10, 2019 to November 9, 2020 for 200 locations. Publication of EoIs has been extended for one more year up to December 31, 2021, for 300 locations across the country.