Rapid implementation in construction and mining: L&T, Komatsu seeks stable biodiesel supplies

L&T Construction & Mining Machinery and Komatsu India are looking for a steady supply of high quality biodiesel to enable faster biodiesel deployment in the construction and mining equipment space.

The construction segment in India, according to the Indian Economic Survey, grew by 10.7% in fiscal year 22 and reached pre-pandemic levels. The 2021 UN report estimates that 25% of India’s total energy-related carbon emissions come from the construction sector. It was therefore imperative that the construction sector explore ways to reduce carbon emissions in order to gradually achieve its emission reduction targets.

On the other hand, the economic study estimates that the mining sector grew by 14.3% in fiscal year 22, although the country’s largest miner, Coal India (CIL), claims to account for only 1% of total greenhouse gas emissions. gases in the country.

“Komatsu is ready for biodiesel. “I expect high-quality biodiesel suppliers to set up a national supply chain soon,” Yasunori Fujii, managing director, Komatsu India, told FE.

Komatsu has launched four new environmentally friendly hydraulic excavators, ready for B20 biodiesel (20% biodiesel), which aims to deploy as much as possible.

Arvind K. Garg, executive vice president and head of L&T Construction Mining Machinery, said that sustainable technology is the focus of L&T & Komatsu and that this equipment will provide the same power and productivity when working with alternative fuels.

L&T, which currently has a 30% market share in construction and mining machinery, has a relationship with Komatsu to market and deploy their manufactured equipment. Garg said that although the industrial and organized sectors have made some progress in adopting biodiesel in India, it could be less than 0.25% of total fuel consumed. It is mostly in category B20.

According to reports, oil marketing companies (IOC, HPCL, BPCL and others) have increased their supplies by 1.1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 000 00 00 00 000 0000 0000 0000 000 00 00 000 n / h) have increased their sales for sale in 2015-2016. But compared to developed countries where corporations are Organized and led by OEMs and biodiesel manufacturers with well-defined specifications, India is at a very early stage of adoption.

India’s target for biodiesel production is 200 million liters in 2021, Garg said. But a stable supply of biodiesel that meets global standards required for heavy off-road vehicles is currently a challenge, with only a few vendors operating in the segment, he added.

Encouraging consumers by reducing the cost of biodiesel can lead to higher fuel consumption, which will also depend on its regular availability. There has been considerable interest in setting up a supply chain and the availability of biodiesel in almost all states, but it was known that availability was better in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, Garg said.

Jayakumar C, Product Maintenance Manager, Komatsu India Private Limited, said the new machines were designed to run on the B20 without a change in performance and without changing the maintenance schedule as prescribed, using 100% high-speed diesel. These machines can also run on 100% diesel without any engine modifications, offering users flexibility. While Komatsu, he said, is a leader in the production of B20 compatible machines for India, OEMs are also coming up with biodiesel compatible machines that can provide increased supply and use of biodiesel as a percentage of HSD.

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