03 December, Hubballi
The first Bio-Diesel Fuelling Loco attached to Bio-Diesel Powered Hubballi-Bengaluru City Jan Shatabdi Express was flagged off today by South Western Railway, General Manager Pradeep Kumar Saxena Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, Saxena said that bio-diesel blending powered loco consumes lesser diesel rate of 5 per cent in the regular High Speed Diesel(HSD).The locos are filled biodiesel blending oil at Railway Consumer Depot. About 50 Diesel Locomotives are fuelled daily with 100 Kilolitres of HSD at Hubballi Railway Station.
These locomotives will hereafter be fuelled with the Biodiesel blended fuel.He said that Biodiesel is an alternative to conventional diesel fuel made from renewable sources such as non-edible vegetable oil. Fuel extracted from plants are being mixed at the rate of 5 per cent with normal High Seep Diesel.
Hence these organic fuel extracts biodiesel, have better lubricity when mixed with normal HSD, this B5Diesel (5% biodiesel and 95% normal diesel)is reported to provide better engine life. Saxena further said with a concern for cleaner environment without any pollution, Indian Railways decided to promote use of alternative fuels like bio-diesel in a big way for powering our vast fleet over 4000 Diesel locomotives.
Talking to the media persons on the sidelines, Shyamadhar Ram,Chief Motive Power Engineer (CMPE), SWR said Biodiesel can work asan alternative form of fuel and can reduce our dependence on foreign suppliers of oil as it is produced from domestic energy crops.