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Hardeep Singh Puri, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister confirmed the readiness to launch the flex-fuel E20. To be made available from April 2023, the 20 per cent ethanol blend is a milestone, advanced by five years, from 2030 to 2025. At the Internatio­nal Conference on Biofuels, Puri assured manufactur­ers and suppliers of the sure demand from the consumer end to make their expansion a viable business. He committed a comprehens­ive, government support to the industry from supply, policy and the demand side. With the E20 blend attained by 2025, India could save an estimated Rs.30,000 crore per annum on foreign exchange. As a testimony of the infrastruc­ture growing in parallel, he cited a three-fold rise in petrol pumps selling biofuels. From 29,897 in 2016-17 to 67,641 in 202122. He said, the demand is poised to grow to 10.16 bn litres by 2025.

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