BIS panel for 10% ethanol blending

Written by Sanjay Jog | Mumbai, Jan 30 | Updated: Jan 31 2008, 06:00am hrs
A panel appointed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has favoured the Centres move to increase ethanol blending of petrol to 10% from the present level of 5% from October.

The panel has suggested that branded fuel be exempted from blending in view of the practical difficulties in managing several grades and has recommended suitable incorporation of 10% ethanol blending in gasoline in the specification of Motor Gasoline IS 2796.

The report by the BIS panel, chaired by of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) executive director (R&D) RK Malhotra, is crucial as IOC, Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) and Hindusthan Petroleum (HPCL) have already contracted a total quantity of 1,404,152 kilo litre of ethanol from various suppliers for blending with petrol over the next three years. This is as against the total requirement of 1,800,459 kl of ethanol in many states.