Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas launched AVGAS 100 LL.
What is it?
It is a higher-octane Aviation fuel meeting the product specifications with superior performance quality standards, as compared to imported grades.
- At present AVGAS 100 LL is completely imported product. The domestic production of AVGAS 100 LL produced by Indian Oil at its Gujarat Refinery will make flying training more affordable in India.
- This product which fuels the aircraft operated by Flying Training Organisations and Defence forces, is being imported for decades by India. Indian Oil’s R&D, Refineries and Marketing teams have achieved this feat of indigenous production and have offered price advantage to the industry.
- AV GAS 100 LL produced by IndianOil’s flagship refinery at Vadodara has been tested and certified by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the statutory body of the Government of India to regulate civil aviation in India.
What is ‘Octane’ rating?
- Octane ratings are measures of fuel stability.
- It is a measure of a fuel’s ability to avoid knock. A prolonged occurrence of engine knocking can cause serious damage to the engine’s inner parts.
- Knock occurs when fuel is prematurely ignited in the engine’s cylinder, which degrades efficiency and can be damaging to the engine.
- The higher the octane number, the more resistant the petrol mixture is to knock.
- Worldwide, 100 Octane petrol has a niche market for luxury vehicles that demand high performance and is available only in six countries of USA, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia and Israel.
- At most retail stations, three octane grade are offered, 87 (regular), 89 (mid-grade) and 91-94 (premium).
- Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) had recently launched Octane 99 and now IOC has come to the market with XP100.