One of the Key Result Areas for Indian
Navy has been fuel quality standards revision to keep pace with induction of
new technology equipment and meet contemporary emission standards. With the
advent of technology and refining techniques in the petroleum industry better
quality of fuel abiding to more stringent specifications has become a
necessity. Hence, continuous improvement in technical specification for diesels
is the primary focus area.
specification ensures a better quality fuel with a reduced carbon footprint
Leveraging technology and
improved refining techniques available with the country’s petroleum industry,
the Indian Navy in collaboration with M/s IOCL carried out an extensive and
thorough study and a comparative evaluation of existing international
regulations (ISO, MARPOL, NATO etc). As an outcome, a revised technical
specification was arrived at consisting of 22 test parameters including
critical parameters cetane number, flash point, sulphur content, sediment
content, oxidation stability and Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP). The new
specification will not only ensure a better quality fuel but also result in a
reduced carbon footprint.
launched on 13 Jan 2020
IOCL, post upgradation of the refinery units, initiated limited supply of the
product to Indian Navy platforms following which rigorous machinery performance
checks and acceptance trials were carried out. Distinct improvements in fuel
quality were observed. Given the positive results, the new fuel was therefore
decided for pan Navy implementation. On 13 January 2020, the launch of the new fuel (High Flash High Speed
Diesel) HFHSD – IN 512, with revised technical specifications was undertaken.
With this, the country will be able to ensure interoperability amongst foreign
navies during fleet exercises and provide fuel of quality better than that
mandated to all foreign navies under bilateral/ multi-national logistics
support pacts including LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement).
Successful introduction of the new fuel showing India
could produce world class products
Successful introduction of the new fuel is a
landmark occasion highlighting the enormous potential which exists within the
country to produce world class products. This effort would also benefit other
M/s IOCL consumers in the country like Indian Coast Guard and other merchant
marine in the coming years. The achievement would also mark a new high with quality
fuel available to all foreign Navy ships at Indian ports during exercises with
the Indian Navy.
This revolutionary initiative would go a long way in enhancing equipment
reliability, performance, reduced carbon footprint, emissions and more
importantly would be key enabler in the Navy’s ‘Mission Based Deployment’ on a