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Saudi Arabia still holds India’s top supply spot, at an average of 830,000 bpd versus Iraq’s 784,000 bpd and Iran’s 456,400 bpd.
Saudi Arabia still holds India’s top supply spot, at an average of 830,000 bpd versus Iraq’s 784,000 bpd and Iran’s 456,400 bpd.

Iran Returns as Top Oil Supplier to India

In the first seven months of its fiscal year, between April and October, India imported 523,200 bpd from Iran, compared to 249,100 bpd for the same period a year ago

Iran Returns as Top Oil Supplier to India

Iran overtook Saudi Arabia as India’s top oil supplier in October, shipping data showed, just ahead of a producers’ meeting this month to hammer out the details on output cuts aimed at reining in a global glut.
Iran used to be India’s second-biggest oil supplier, a position it ceded to Iraq after international sanctions over the dispute on its nuclear program limited Tehran’s exports and access to finance, Reuters reported.
But India’s oil imports from Iran have shot up this year after those sanctions were lifted in January. In October they surged more than threefold compared with the same month last year, rising to 789,000 barrels per day, according to ship tracking data and a report compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research and Forecasts.
That compares to 697,000 bpd supplied last month by Saudi Arabia. Over the whole January to October period, though, Saudi Arabia still holds India’s top supply spot, at an average of 830,000 bpd versus Iraq’s 784,000 bpd and Iran’s 456,400 bpd.
Iran’s surge to the No.1 spot is due partly to less available crude from Saudi Arabia, which has increased its capacity to refine oil instead of just exporting more crude.
“Saudi Arabia’s refining capacity has increased over time so it is not in a position to increase its exports further, whereas Iran is better placed to raise its output and sales to India,” said Ehsaan Ul Haq of UK-based consultancy KBC Energy.
The surge is also thanks to Iranian price discounts, which attracted purchases from India’s program to build up its strategic petroleum reserves (SPR). Last month India took in 2 million barrels of Iranian crude for the SPR stocks, and another 4 million barrels is expected to be shipped in November.
In the first seven months of its fiscal year, between April and October, India imported 523,200 bpd from Iran, compared to 249,100 bpd for the same period a year ago.

  Buyers Returning
Indian refiners including Reliance Industries Ltd, operator of the world’s biggest refinery complex at Jamnagar, that had stopped imports from Iran during the sanctions period have also returned as buyers of Iranian oil.
Iran produces almost 4 million bpd of oil and exports 2.4 million bpd. Exports dropped to around 1 million bpd during sanctions.
Gaining the top position as oil supplier to the world’s third-biggest importer, even if only for one month, comes at a sensitive time.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is due to meet on Nov. 30 to finalize a planned production cut aimed at propping up prices, which continue to languish below $50 per barrel due to oversupply.

 

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