It is the first for Ladakh.
According to state-run oil marketing company (OMC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), it has become the first OMC in the country to launch ethanol blended petrol in the Ladakh region.
The company stated HPCL brings ethanol blended petrol (Gasohol) in its Leh depot, situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet in Ladakh region. This is not a surprise move because it was also the first OMC to start selling Gasohol from its retail outlets situated in Jammu & Kashmir region.
HPCL’s Leh depot, which was commissioned in 2018 with a 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, the company revealed.
Recently, the Government of India forwarded the country's target of 20 percent ethanol blending in petrol by five years to 2025, from earlier 2030. HPCL believes that the initiatives of the company will boost the efforts of the country in achieving the target.