This is an abridged version of the letter written by Mr. Ashish Kumar Gupta, Founder and Director of Mypetrolpump to Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and PESO(Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization).
MyPetrolPump, a startup recognized by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotions (DIPP) under Government of India’s “Startup India” initiative. MyPetrolPump is in the business of buying Diesel from retail petrol pumps as an agent representing business customers and delivering it to them at their doorstep.
With reference to the order that was issued by PESO on 22nd June 2017, advising Petrol pump dealers in Bangalore to stop providing fuel to our delivery vehicles stating safety concerns for home delivery of diesel has completely put our delivery operations on halt. In that context, we would like to seek opportunity to present our clarifications regarding specific points made about the venture.
Concerns of Diesel being a unsafe fuel for transporting in vehicle
- Flash point of Diesel: As per guidelines issued by Oil India Safety Directorate (OISD) in document ‘OISD-RP-110’ Diesel has a flash point above 52 degree Celsius which means Diesel would never be flammable below temperatures of 52 degree Celsius. The Maximum temperature recorded in Bangalore is 40 degrees.
- Ignition from Static Electricity: According to OISD guideline in document ‘OISD-RP-110’, there are 4 necessary conditions which must be fulfilled for electrostatic charge to a source of ignition. And fulfilment of this conditions just increases chance of ignition.
Statistically there are over 2 lakhs fuel tankers carrying flammable liquids i.e. diesel in very large quantities (i.e. 20,000L) to Petrol pumps every day, making over 2 crore road trips in a year but as far as we know, not even a single fire incident has been reported in last five years in India.
Concerns about safety norms being followed by MyPetrolPump
Entire operational design for delivery of the Diesel fuel being implemented by MyPetrolPump has been done with absolutely highest degree of adherence to all required norms. Some of these are highlighter below
- 960 liters, single compartment tank, built, tested & maintained in accordance with the requirement laid down by GOI
- Airtight containers to prevent any escape of any fuel vapors during delivery
- Pressure Vacuum Valve to prevent tank damage by relieving internal pressure and vacuum accumulations that occur as a result of day-to-day operations
- Security systems to counter of unauthorized entry to tank and safety systems to cut off main tanks during external fire
- Specialized anti siphoning mechanism to prevent any unauthorized entry to tank for theft or adulteration of fuel during entire delivery operations
Concerns of MyPetrolPump not having required certifications to operate
MyPetrolPump has ensured that prior to starting the delivery operation, all necessary approvals and certifications have been provisioned.
- Our meters are tested, approved & sealed by Department of Legal Metrology (W&M).
- Conforming with Section 7(i) of Petroleum Act 1934
- Section 16, under Form XIV of chapter XII of Petroleum Rules 2002
- Our vehicles are registered by Karnataka RTO under Diesel tank vehicle category to commercial use
Concerns of previous attempt of doorstep fuel delivery not being a success
Doorstep delivery is not a new concept and been in practice for decades by over a hundred companies globally in countries like USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
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