Last Updated : Tuesday, January 14, 2020 04:18:29

INDIAN NAVY to get Upgraded Fuel of NATO standards

NEW DELHI | RAJKOT – In a press-release issued by Press Information Bureau (PIB) of India – press & publicity arm of India, it read of the Indian Navy to get upgraded Fuel High Flash High Speed Diesel (HFHSD) – IN 512, developed by IndianOil Corporation Ltd (IOCL).

To launch such a military grade product, Indian Navy in collaboration with IOCL had carried carried out an extensive and thorough study and comparative evaluation of existing international regulations, standards and fuel specifications adopted globally, for greener mobility and reduced carbon footprints.

The release, titled – “Indian Navy to Get Upgraded Fuel HFHSD – IN 512”, further read that, One of the Key Result Area for Indian Navy has been fuel quality standards revision to keep pace with induction of new technology equipment and meet contemporary emission standards.

With the advent of technology and refining techniques in the petroleum industry better quality of fuel abiding to more stringent specifications has become a necessity.

Hence, continuous improvement in technical specification for diesels is the primary focus area.

Leveraging technology and improved refining techniques available with the country’s petroleum industry, the Indian Navy in collaboration with M/s IOCL carried out an extensive and thorough study and a comparative evaluation of existing international regulations (ISO – International Organization for Standardization, MARPOL – Marine Pollution, NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization etc).

Vice Admiral G.S. Pabby, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel today launched the world-class High Flash High Speed Diesel (HFHSD- IN 512), developed by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., in presence of Dr SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D), IndianOil and Mr. S M Vaidya, Director (Refineries), IndianOil, senior Navy and IndianOil Officials.

IndianOil has always endeavoured to supply world-class fuels to Indian Defence Forces.

Moving ahead in this direction IndianOil has developed and upgraded the specifications of HFHSD- IN 512 fuel required for Indian Naval ships.

The upgraded fuel now exceeds the MIL DTL 16844M specifications which is considered benchmark standard across in the world.

The fuel possesses the best rheological and detergent characteristics validated against most stringent military specifications.

It also has lesser environmental impact due to low Sulphur content and would result in the better performance of engines.

This fuel will facilitate the Indian Navy to enhance its global footprint and will allow India to fuel the vessels of friendly foreign countries at places where fuel conforming to NATO grade is supplied.

As an outcome, a revised technical specification was arrived at consisting of 22 test parameters including critical parameters cetane number, flash point, sulphur content, sediment content, oxidation stability and Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP).

The new specification will not only ensure a better quality fuel but also result in a reduced carbon footprint.

M/s IOCL, post upgradation of the refinery units, initiated limited supply of the product to Indian Navy platforms following which rigorous machinery performance checks and acceptance trials were carried out.

Distinct improvements in fuel quality were observed.

Given the positive results, the new fuel was therefore decided for pan Navy implementation.

On 13 January 2020, the launch of the new fuel (High Flash High Speed Diesel) HFHSD – IN 512, with revised technical specifications was undertaken.

The upgraded HFHSD blend, meeting NATO specifications, has been rigorously tested within refinery and R&D, and the product is being supplied from Haldia & Paradip Refinery.

IndianOil looks forward to such innovative technical collaborations with the Indian Navy for supporting the requirement of its new fleet.

With this, the country will be able to ensure interoperability amongst foreign navies during fleet exercises and provide fuel of quality better than that mandated to all foreign navies under bilateral/multi-national logistics support pacts including LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement).

Successful introduction of the new fuel is a landmark occasion highlighting the enormous potential which exists within the country to produce world class products.

This effort would also benefit other M/s IOCL consumers in the country like Indian Coast Guard and other merchant marine in the coming years.

The achievement would also mark a new high with quality fuel available to all foreign Navy ships at Indian ports during exercises with the Indian Navy.

This revolutionary initiative would go a long way in enhancing equipment reliability, performance, reduced carbon footprint, emissions and more importantly would be key enabler in the Navy’s ‘Mission Based Deployment’ on a global scale.


Indian Navy had desired that fuel supplied to them should be upgraded to conform to MIL DTL 16884 M specifications.

This would facilitate Indian Navy to have a Global footprint and ensure inter-operability with all leading foreign navies.

IndianOil R&D conducted an in-depth fuel characterization study as per the NATO grade MIL specifications and further incorporated the additional parameters suggested by IN.

Accordingly, IndianOil prepared a specification comprises of  22 parameters against the 20 parameters  of MIL specs  for supply of HFHSD exclusively for Indian Navy.

INDIANOIL proposed specification exceeds the requirement of MIL DTL 16884 M specifications.

The inputs shared with identified refineries and started producing the customized HFHSD- IN 512 fuel benchmarked to International Standards for Indian Navy.

The Customized HFHSD- IN 512 from IndianOil exclusively for Indian Navy is termed as Global Best Specification Product with Unique combination of Low Pour & CFPP and High Flash Point.

It exceeds all International Standards. The customized HFHSD has Highest Cetane Number amongst all Marine Diesel Fuel and exceeds MIL-DTL 16884M specifications in terms of Fuel Hygiene parameters and other critical properties.

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