Oil Marketing Companies cross 100 cr litres ethanol blending. Ethanol Blending Petrol (EBP) Programme launched by the government in 2003, expected 110 crore litres of petrol blending in this supply year. The programme has already crossed 100 crore litres mark by Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies. The programme was started to promote the use of alternative and eco friendly fuels as well as to reduce the dependence on imported fuels. The EBP had a slow start and till 2013 only 20 crore litres per year could be blended. The next sugar year (2013-14) witnessed the blending of 38 crores. During 2014-15, however, the supply increased to 67.4 crore litres, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Petroleum.