Test marketing of fibreglass LPG cylinders to begin soon

March 5th, 2008 - 12:00 am ICT by admin  


New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) State-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) would start test marketing of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in fibreglass cylinders in select cities, Minister of State for Petroleum Dinsha Patel said here Tuesday. According to industry experts, the new fibreglass cylinders are lightweight, easy to handle and safe besides being non-corrosive.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said: “The government has granted approval in principle to the OMCs for expanding the product line by way of introducing composite cylinders for marketing domestic LPG, subject to there being no subsidy element in the LPG to be marketed through these composite cylinders.”

“Indian Oil Corp along with Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd intend to import some cylinders and do test marketing in selected cities,” Patel said.

“OMCs are procuring LPG cylinders from cylinder manufacturers who have valid manufacturing licences from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Chief Controller of Explosives (CCOE),” the minister told the house.

“OMCs have reported that necessary approval of CCOE has been obtained for use of composite cylinders for LPG,” he added.

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