In California, Aemetis announced that biodiesel sales activity is accelerating in India with truck operators in the logistics industry. Aemetis has expanded sales activity in India since January 2015 when the Government of India allowed biodiesel manufacturers to sell to customers directly, without distributing through the three national oil marketing companies. The India diesel market is currently estimated at 25 billion gallons per year, which is significantly larger than the current gasoline market of 5 billion gallons per year.
According to a study conducted by Nielsen Research for the Department of Petroleum Planning and Analysis, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, trucks consume about 30% of diesel fuel annually in India. Diesel use by trucks equates to 7.5 billion gallons of annual consumption in India, of which more than 3 billion gallons is consumed in Southern and Western India providing a potential source of significant demand for the Aemetis biodiesel plant in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
“Large truck fleet operators in India are taking the opportunity to decrease fuel costs and improve the environment,” said Eric McAfee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aemetis. “Our distilled biodiesel is comprised of 99.8% pure biofuel, with almost no sulphur and decreased particulate emissions, significantly reducing harmful emissions compared to the diesel typically used in India. By using biodiesel from Aemetis, logistics operators are supporting improved air quality, expanded domestic jobs and reduced operating costs.”
“We are pleased to have steadily expanded deliveries to truck fleet operators in Southern and Western India,” said Sanjeev Gupta, Managing Director of the Universal Biofuels subsidiary of Aemetis.
Aemetis owns and operates a biodiesel production facility with a capacity of about 50 million gallons per year (190 million liters) near Kakinada, located on the East Coast of India. After the recent deregulation of diesel prices and market access, Aemetis expanded its sales team, selling to customers including bus and truck fleets, taxis and diesel generators.