Biodiesel mixed Fuel for Locomotives in cooperation with IOCL

Railways pay Rs.48 for a litre of high speed diesel while others pay over Rs.52.

Palakkad: In tune with Railways declared policy to save the cost of fuel, a biodiesel blending and dispensing facility has started functioning at the Palakkad railway division.

The Palakkad Division of Southern Railway has introduced a biodiesel blending and dispensing facility at its Railway Consumer Depots at Palakkad in partnership with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., where High Speed Diesel would be mixed with biodiesel up to five per cent before being used in diesel locomotives.

Divisional Railway Manager Naresh Lalwani inaugurated the facility at the Railway Consumer Depots near Palakkad Junction on Thursday in the presence of Additional DRM Mohan A. Menon, Senior Divisional Commercial Engineer B. Venugopal and IOC officials A. Suresh and T. Sampath Narayanan.

The facility was launched on Thursday at the railway consumer depot’s (RCD) fuelling point at Palakkad in cooperation with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. Here, high speed diesel (HSD) will be mixed with biodiesel up to five per cent and used as fuel for diesel locomotives.

Railways, a bulk purchaser of HSD, pay Rs.48 for a litre while others pay over Rs.52. However, the cost of a litre of biodiesel is only Rs.39.

The Railway Consumer Depots at Palakkad supplies about 20,000 litres of diesel per day to locomotives. The division proposes to blend 5 per cent biodiesel in the initial phase although Railways have given the nod to blend up to 20 per cent. This facility will be extended to the Railway Consumer Depots at Kannur and Mangaluru Junction soon. Fuelling depots at Palakkad, Kannur and Mangaluru Junction together supply about 1.6 lakh litres of diesel a day.

The release said that biodiesel is a renewable, cleaner-burning diesel fuel replacement, for any diesel engine. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, agricultural oils, fatty acids, animal fats and algae, biodiesel is truly a green fuel. It contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines without any major modifications.

Facility to be extended

This facility will be extended to the RCDs at Kannur and Mangaluru Junction soon. Divisional railway manager Naresh Lalwani inaugurated the facility in the presence of additional DRM Mohan A. Menon and senior divisional mechanical engineer B. Venugopal.

Suresh A, chief manager, and T. Sampath Narayanan, deputy manager (consumer sales), IOC, were present.

Biodiesel is a renewable, cleaner-burning diesel fuel replacement for any diesel engine, according to Railways.

It is made from a diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, agricultural oil, fatty acids, animal fat, and algae.

Biodiesel can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines without any major modifications.

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