India’s automobile industry has seven years to upgrade to the Bharat Stage-V emission norms, but it can meet the deadline only if oil marketing companies manage to line up fresh investments of at least Rs 80,000 crore over the next few years to supply the requisite fuel. An expert committee, tasked by the petroleum ministry to suggest standards and timelines for switching to higher quality fuel and emission norms in the country, has recommended an upgrade to the intermediate BS-IV+ norms across India by April 1, 2017 followed by the introduction of BS-V fuel on April 1, 2021 if fresh investments are made.
The emission standards are instituted by the government to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engine equipment including motor vehicles. Oil marketing companies (OMCs) had invested Rs 30,000 crore for moving from BS-III to BS-IV emission norms in 2010. It is estimated that fresh investments of at least Rs 80,000 crore will be needed over the next few years for OMCs to set up new facilities capable of producing the BS-V fuel.
Regulatory norms for Bharat IV and V will force refineries to go for a technological overhaul. Keeping in mind Bharat IV equivalent Euro-IV quality auto fuels are already mandated in major cities in India and many of refineries have set up/ are setting up facilities for meeting Euro-IV and V quality fuels. This will be required to meet the future quality standards in India and will enable the refinery to market its products anywhere in India including the major cities and also to export the products.
The one day conference will focus on opportunities, technological Challenges and way forward for the modernization of Indian Refineries. The forum will attract all major refinery operators and global technology/solution provider/regulators / consultants at one platform for knowledge sharing.
- Revamp & Turnarounds
- Process Improvements and Related Advanced Technologies
- Improving Efficiency and Optimizing Operations
- Environmental Concerns and Related Advanced Technologies
- Safety & Hazard Concerns
- Refinery and Petrochemical Integration
- Building New Generation Refineries / EPC in Refining
- Communication & Monitoring Technologies
- Asset Integrity
- Hydrotreating & Hydrocracking
- Other Related Technical Subjects
Paul Willbourne, Refineries Business Manager – Europe, Middle East and Africa, Johnson Md
I found it was a good event for me and Johnson Matthey as an opportunity to meet with a number of refiners and potential clients. I also found it was a good conference in terms of technology – most of these conferences tend to be very sales focused with not much on the technology side of things, so well done for that.
Charles T. Drevna, President, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association
World Refining Technology Summit & Exhibition program sounds most interesting and topical. Wish you much success in the conference