In the next two years, 20 percent ethanol blended fuel (E-20) will be available at petrol pumps across the country. The first E-20 station became operational on February 8 this year. This target time was before April. Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said that by 2025 there will be dedicated petrol pumps across the country for retail sale of 20 per cent ethanol blend fuel. E-20 fuel consists of a blend of 20 percent ethanol in gasoline.

Addressing the annual general meeting of industry body Indian Merchant Chamber (IMC), Puri said the number of E-20 stations has crossed 600 so far. By 2025, there will be such petrol pumps across the country.

Import of crude oil from 39 countries

Puri said the government has reduced the target date for blending 20 per cent ethanol in petrol by five years from 2030 to 2025. He said that the country has increased the scope of import of crude oil. Import from 27 countries in 2006-07 increased to 39 in 2023.

3 times increase in bio fuel petrol pumps

Ethanol blending in petrol to increase from 1.53% in 2013-14 to 11.5% by March 2023. In volume terms, ethanol blended petrol has increased from 38 crore liters in 2013-14 to 433.6 crore liters in 2021-22. The petroleum minister said the number of petrol pumps selling bio-fuel has almost tripled from 29,890 in 2016-17 to 67,640. The ministry will launch a global bio-fuel alliance this month.

Law will come for the use of green hydrogen

The government may issue guidelines to ensure legal provisions regarding the use of green hydrogen in the country. Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Bhupinder Singh Bhalla said on Friday that the Hydrogen Mission has a provision to bring guidelines for the use of green hydrogen. He said that about 70 per cent of the total green hydrogen production to be produced by 2030 would be exported under the Hydrogen Mission.

Rahul Dev

Cricket Jounralist at Newsdesk

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