IOC to introduce RFID in its Domestic LPG cylinders

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Mumbai, Apr 23 (UNI) Petroleum major Indian Oil Corporation today announced a major initiative of tagging RFID cards to its LPG Cylinders to track them and avoid misuse.

Indian Oil Director (Marketing) K S Dagga told newsmen here that the Company had successfully completed RFID trials at its Tiruchirapalli bottling unit and plans were afoot to introduce it on a pilot scale from its Coimbatore bottling unit, serving surrounding markets.

He said the RFID facility would enable tracking of LPG cylinder moving from the plant premises to the customers' kitchens. this would help track movement and prevention of diversion, if any.

Dagga said to enhance the availability of domestic LPG cylinders, IOC was also pioneering the launch of new generation composite LPG cylinders using materials such as HDPE, PET and FRP. The composite cylinders would have 10.5 kg of LPG and nearly two lakh such cylinders would be imported and test marketed in Bangalore and another Southern centre.

He said to meet the growing demand of LPG, the company was setting up LPG import facilities at Ennore near Chennai at a cost of Rs 326 crore and another at Kochi in Kerala at a cost of Rs 170 crore.

A pipeline between Bangalore and Chennai were also being planned. The 290 km pipeline would link the CPCL refinery in Chennai and Devanagundi Terminal in Bangalore. Enroute, the pipeline was proposed to set up a modern bulk storage terminal at Chittor in Andhra Pradesh.


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