(EnergyAsia, May 30) — India’s state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) said it has teamed up with Malbro Appliances to manufacture and supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stoves that it claims use less than 68% of the fuel of regular stoves.


The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to produce the ‘Advanta’ brand stoves through HPCL’s cooking gas outlets.


The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) would be certifying the stoves to instil safety confidence among consumers, said a HPCL statement.


“With this stove, the customer will be saving 68% of the fuel as compared to ordinary gas stove,” said Rajiv Malhotra, managing director of Malbro Appliances. The stoves will comprise single burner to five burners and cost between Rs600 and Rs4,000 each. (US$1=Rs45).


Malbro’s factory in Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh state will produce 6,000 units of the stoves per day.