India's refiners prepare counter-attack against CNG and LPG

Vol 6, PW 14 (11 Sep 02) News in Brief

India's refiners are preparing studies to prove that CNG or LPG as car fuel is not as clean as you think.

Ready in October, the studies are for the Supreme Court as it hears a Public Interest Litigation calling for CNG and LPG to replace diesel in public transport and commercial vehicles. "This willhave a serious impact on our sales of petrol and diesel," reveals a source.

IOC, BPCL and HPCL have joined forces to "present a correct picture to the court" by commissioning several studies to understand the relationship between traffic volume and air quality and the toxic effects of liquid fuels. "CNG reduces particulate emissions but gaseous pollutants such as carbon monoxide increase," reveals a source.

"We wantto prepare a database comparing emissions from vehicles using liquid fuels and those using CNG and LPG."