Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), an Indian state-owned oil and natural gas company, has started home-delivery of diesel in Mumbai and has will soon expand the service to other parts of the country.
Here is everything you need to know about HPCL’s home-delivery of diesel:
1. At present HPCL has launched its ‘HP Fuel Connect’ initiative for delivery of diesel in Mumbai, where the company is headquartered. The service will soon be expanded to other cities.
2. According to a HPCL press release, the company will deliver the fuel to select customers having fixed equipment, heavy machinery on their premises in surrounding areas of Uran, and Raigad in Maharashtra.
3. HPCL will be loading a diesel dispenser, like the one commonly seen at petrol pumps, and a storage tank on a mid-sized truck and deliver diesel to the doorsteps of customers.
4. Initially, the company aims to cater to ‘static customers’ like shopping malls and commercial establishments where diesel is used in generators for producing electricity, and transport companies that require large amount of diesel.
5. The company says home-delivery of the fuel will benefit the customers in many ways. “This facility will immensely help those customers who were hitherto taking diesel in barrels from petrol pumps,” it said in the release.
“The facility will help customers avoid time loss, additional costs, fuel losses and ensure hassle free safe delivery of diesel at their premises,” the official release read.
6. Pertinently, state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) had launched home-delivery of this fuel in Pune in March.
7. In April 2017, Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the government is deliberating on home-delivery of petrol and diesel. But it required the nod from Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO).
8. PESO has cleared home-delivery of diesel on trial basis.
9. There are presently 61,983 petrol pumps across India. As many as 90% of them are operated by state-owned oil companies.
10. Of the total 194.6 million tonnes of fuel consumed in 2016-17, 40% was diesel, as per the oil ministry.
11. In 2016-17, India consumed 76 million tonnes diesel and 23.8 million tonnes petrol.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.