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IOC’s Lotus Xangpo petrol pump world’s highest altitude outlet

Indian Oil Corp's (IOC) petrol pump, Lotus Xangpo Memorial filling station, in Leh has become the world's highest altitude retail outlet to be powered by solar power. A solar power generation system has been installed at the petrol pump situated at 11,500 feet above the sea level to replace polluting diesel generator, the company said in a statement here. Besides cutting greenhouse gas emission, "the solar power generation system enables the retail outlet to save about Rs 30,000 per month," it said, adding that the investment in putting up the solar system is recoverable in about 18 months. 

IOC already has two other solar powered retail outlets operating at Chuglamsar and Leh-Manali Road in Ladakh region.

"These outlets face extreme weather conditions like minus 25 degrees Celcius during winters and thin oxygen density, yet the solar power generation systems function smoothly as the region gets bright sunlight due to dry weather conditions for most part of the year," the statement said. IOC is increasingly using solar power to light up its petrol pumps across the country. In the year ended March 31, 2015, 1,398 new outlets were <g data-gr-id="15">solarised</g>, taking the total tally to 2,663. 

Pradhan reviews projects of Indian Oil Foundation
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has stepped up <g data-gr-id="66">effort</g> for completion of all the <g data-gr-id="51">on-projects</g> of the Indian Oil Foundation, which works for protecting, preserving and promoting the country’s glorious past, officials said on Tuesday.   

The minister reviewed the works and gave necessary suggestions for the projects under the foundation, which is an arm of the Indian Oil Corporation. “The minister chaired the 14th Trust meeting of the Indian Oil Foundation (IOF) held recently. All on-going projects at five sites being undertaken by IOF were reviewed,’ an official said.  
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