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HPCL launches IMO compliant fuel

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Its clean and sustainable to reduce maritime pollution

The HPCL has announced meeting of the deadline set by the International Maritime Organisation to launch 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel for ships in the areas which till December 31, 2019 were allowed to use fuel oil with 3.5% sulphur. This was part of resolve by IMO to ensure sale of clean and sustainable fuel to reduce maritime pollution by controlling sulphur dioxide emissions.

HPCL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Kumar Surana launched the IMO compliant fuel in the presence of Director-Refineries Vinod S. Shenoy, Director- Marketing Rakesh Misri, Executive Director (direct sales) Ajit Singh and other top officials in the city on Thursday. The first batch of VLSFO is already produced in Visakh Refinery early December 2019, ahead of the deadline of January 1, 2020.

Mr. Surana said HPCL had always been in the forefront of providing cleaner and sustainable solutions. From January 1, 2020, the IMO enforced a 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel for the areas which till December 31, 2019 were allowed to use fuel oil with 3.5% sulphur. In these areas, all ships are now required to use fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%, unless they use exhaust gas cleaning systems like scrubbers.

Mr. Surana said the VLSFO would help the shipping companies respond to the tightening regulation on sulphur dioxide emissions by offering this IMO-2020 compliant marine fuel. The product meets the Residual Marine Grade (RMG) 0.50 specification and ISO 8217:2017 standard requirements.

Quality guidelines

This fuel also meets all quality guidelines detailed by the International Organization of Standardisation in its recently released ISO 23263:2019 standard.

HPCL owns and operates two major refineries strategically located in Visakhapatnam on the east coast and Mumbai on the west coast. To continue with its commitment towards environment protection, HPCL has undertaken measures at both refineries to produce BS-VI compliant transport fuels before the schedule stipulated.

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