Vijayawada

Biodiesel launched in Vijayawada, Vizag

;Indian Oil General Manager Umakant Prasad Singh refuelling a car with B5 biodiesel at Indian oil outlet at Gollapudi in Vijayawda on Monday.— PHOTO: V. RAJU  

Truck owner and businessman U. Pitcheswara Rao of Vijayawada became the first person to use biodiesel in Andhra Pradesh on Monday when he refuelled his car with five litres of B5 biodiesel. The fuel was launched in Vizag and Vijayawada as part of a nationwide unveiling. In Vizag, it was a doctor who took the first fill: Dr. KSLG Sastry of King George Hospital.

Monday being World Bio-Fuel Day, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) launched the sale of B5 biodiesel at five fuel stations in Vijayawada and HPCL unveiled sales at its own outlet in Visakhapatnam.

Biodiesel is a blend of conventional diesel and non-edible vegetable oil fuel extracted from Jatropha and Pongamia seeds.

They are mixed in proportion of 5 per cent vegetable fuel per litre of diesel. Hence it is called B5 biodiesel.

Biodiesel costs the same as conventional diesel, which is at present Rs.52.04 per litre. Be that as it may, it makes a considerable difference in terms of reducing carbon emissions and helps in cutting down pollution. All vehicles currently operating on conventional diesel can use B5 biodiesel.

Bio is better in the long run. B5 biodiesel has better lubrication and helps in improving the engine’s performance.

So in the end, it will reduce maintenance costs for owners of vehicles, said IOC general manager Umakant Prasad Singh.

HPCL general manager (retail) G.S.V. Prasad said the company procures its biodiesel from private manufacturers in Kakinada.

‘A social responsibility’

At present 8,500 kilolitres of conventional diesel is sold at fuel stations in Vijayawada every month. “We expect that B5 biodiesel sales will constitute 5 per cent. Consumers should look at this as a social responsibility,” said Mr. Umakant Singh.

Oil company executives said a complete switch to biodiesel is some way away. Running vehicles on 100 per cent biodiesel would require engine modifications.

However, the percentage of biodiesel in the blende could be increased over a period of time.



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