Vizag: HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited) has launched IMO-2020 compliant very low sulphur fuel oil for the shipping industry at Visakhapatnam on January 2. The Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) was launched by HPCL CMD MK Surana in the presence of Director (Refineries) Vinod S Shenoy, Director (Marketing) Rakesh Misri, Executive Director (Direct Sales) Ajit Singh and other top officials.
The first batch of VLSFO has already been produced in Visakh Refinery of HPCL in early December 2019, ahead of the deadline of January 1.
From January 1, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has enforced a 0.5 percent global Sulphur cap on fuel for areas which till December 31, 2019 were allowed to use fuel oil with 3.5 percent Sulphur. In these areas, all ships are now required to use fuel with a maximum Sulphur content of 0.5 percent, unless they use exhaust gas cleaning systems like Scrubbers.
Surana said that HPCL's low sulphur fuel oil will help the shipping companies to 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.
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50 specification and ISO 8217:2017 standard requirements. This fuel also meets all quality guidelines detailed by the International Organisation 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 the refineries to produce BS-VI compliant transport fuels before the stipulated schedule. In addition, both refineries have also taken up ambitious expansion projects to increase Visakh Refinery capacity from 8.33 to 15 MMTPA and Mumbai Refinery capacity from 7.5 to 9.5 MMTPA. HPCL has a 11.3 MMTPA Joint Venture Refinery (HMEL) in Bhatinda, Punjab. It is also establishing another 9 MMTPA Refinery and Petrochemical Complex at Barmer in Rajasthan. HPCL has the largest lube refinery in India at Mumbai and owns the second largest cross-country petroleum pipeline network and a vast marketing infrastructure in the country.