HPCL and CSIR–NPL achieved significant milestone by releasing 26 Petroleum BNDs (Bharatiya Nirdeshak Dravya) or Indian Reference Material on the occasion of World Metrology Day.
The 26 Petroleum BNDs jointly developed by HPCL and CSIR-NPL will provide traceability for all vital parameters of Petroleum products testing and certification comprising of 13 Physical properties, 2 Physicochemical properties and 11 Chemical properties including BND for sulfur content measurement at lower concentrations which will be of immense use for BS VI fuels.
The initiative will save vital foreign exchange through import substitution for Certified Reference Materials (CRMs).
R Chidambaram, former principal scientific advisor to Government of India, released the BNDs at CSIR-NPL, Delhi in the presence of Dr. Shekhar S Mande, Director General- CSIR & Secretary- Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India, Dr. D K Aswal, Director, CSIR-NPL, Prof A K Grover, Research Council Chairman, CSIR- NPL & Former VC – Punjab University and other dignitaries.
HPCL has been in the forefront of producing CRMs in India for petroleum sector and has received the Prestigious Quality Council of India–D L Shah National Quality Award in Platinum Category in 2019 for CRM initiative.
CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIP-NPL) is the National Measurement Institute of India by formed by Act of Parliament and custodian of the fundamental units of measurement.
The initiative for developing BNDs used in Petroleum sector in India will result in replacing the traceability to SI system through foreign National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) to Indian NMIs.