India’s OPEC Imports At All-Time Low As Russian Oil Offers Different


OPEC equipped 2.1 million barrels per day trip of 4.6 million bpd oil India imported in April.

New Delhi:

Oil producers cartel OPEC’s share in India’s oil imports fell to an all-time low of 46 per cent in April as purchases of cheaper Russian oil peaked, trade information confirmed.

Group of the Petroleum Exporting International locations (OPEC) nations, primarily within the Center East and Africa, had a 72 per cent share of all crude oil India imported in April 2022.

This share slid to 46 per cent in April 2023, in line with power cargo tracker Vortexa.

OPEC made up for as a lot as 90 per cent of all crude oil India imported at one level of time however this has been sliding since Russian oil turned accessible at low cost within the aftermath of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February final yr.

Russia continued to be the one largest provider of crude oil, which is transformed into petrol and diesel at refineries, for a seventh straight month by supplying greater than one-third of all oil India imported.

The imports from Russia are actually greater than mixed purchases from Iraq and Saudi Arabia – India’s largest suppliers within the final decade.

From a market share of lower than 1 per cent in India’s import basket earlier than the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine battle in February 2022, Russia’s share of India’s imports rose to 1.67 million barrels per day in April, taking a 36 per cent share.

OPEC equipped 2.1 million barrels per day trip of 4.6 million bpd oil India imported in April. This gave it a 46 per cent share, in line with Vortexa.

Indian refiners previously hardly ever purchased Russian oil as a result of excessive freight prices however now they’re snapping up plentiful Russian cargo accessible at a reduction to different grades as some Western nations rejected it due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The purchases from Russia in March had been double of 0.81 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil purchased from Iraq, which had been India’s prime oil provider since 2017-18. Saudi Arabia has been pushed right down to No.three spot with 0.67 million bpd provides.

Month-on-month, purchases from Russia rose marginally from 1.64 million bpd of oil imported from the nation in March. The UAE, which in March overtook the US to turn out to be the fourth largest provider, bought 185,000 bpd, greater than 119,000 bpd oil sourced from the US.

“India’s imports of Russian crude in April have set a brand new document as soon as once more, however the month-on-month improve has slowed and will probably be peaking this month,” mentioned Vortexa’s head of Asia-Pacific evaluation, Serena Huang.

Elevated competitors for Urals from China will probably put a lid on upsides to India’s imports of Russian crude.

“OPEC’s crude market share in India has fallen to 46 per cent final month, down from 72% a yr in the past, a multi-year low. OPEC could face an uphill battle in profitable again the market share as refiners will in the end be going for the crude that offers the best margin, outdoors of fulfilling their time period contracts,” Huang mentioned.

Russia is promoting document quantities of crude oil to India to plug the hole in its power exports after the European Union banned imports in December.

In December, the EU banned Russian seaborne oil and imposed a USD 60-per-barrel worth cap, which prevents different international locations from utilizing EU transport and insurance coverage providers, except oil is bought under the cap. Trade officers mentioned Indian refiners are utilizing the UAE’s dirham to pay for oil that’s imported at a worth decrease than USD 60.

In keeping with Vortexa, India imported simply 68,600 bpd of oil from Russia in March 2022 and this yr the purchases have jumped to 1,678,000 bpd.

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