Tuesday, September 20, 2016
India oil demand hitting new highs
Indian refiners imported 18.81 million metric tons (about 4.45 million barrels a day) of crude oil during the month, a 9.1 percent increase over last year, according to the oil ministry’s Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell. That is the highest level in data on the PPAC’s website going back to April 2009.
The nation’s gasoline consumption reached a record in August, surging 25 percent from a year earlier, while demand for diesel rose 13 percent, the fastest pace since March. Virendra Chauhan, an oil analyst at Singapore-based consulting firm Energy Aspects Ltd., expects India’s oil demand to grow by 0.4 million barrels a day this year and by 0.2-0.3 million barrels a day next year.
Rising economic growth leads to more energy consumption. I have said it before, oil is the life blood of an economy. I am bullish long term on India.