New Delhi: In a first, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has started selling ethanol-blended petrol (Gasohol) in its Leh Depot, situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet (ASL) in the Ladakh Region. "Conquering the fuel requirement at such high altitude / low temperature and duly backed by robust quality checks, HPCL has become the first oil marketing company (OMC) in the country to launch ethanol-blended petrol in the Ladakh region" the OMC said in an official statement.
HPCL’s Leh depot, which was commissioned in 2018 with total tankage of 4,450 KL, is a crucial POL depot in the northernmost part of the country as it caters to the local demand and requirements of the Indian Armed Forces deployed along the borders. The depot has enough capacity to cater to the entire region during the harsh winter months when supply to the region is not possible due to road blockages.
HPCL was also the first oil marketing company (OMCs) of the country to start selling ethanol-blended petrol from its retail outlets situated in the Jammu & Kashmir region.
Ethanol has become one of the major priorities of 21st century India. Focus on ethanol is helping the cause of a better environment and is also bringing in a positive impact on the lives of farmers. The government has resolved to meet the target of 20 percent ethanol blending in petrol by 2025.
These initiatives of HPCL will boost the efforts of our country in achieving the target of 20 percent ethanol blending in petrol by 2025.
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