OPEC should go for 'responsible pricing', consider India as preferred sales destination, says Pradhan

New Delhi: India pressed oil cartel Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to adopt "responsible pricing" for oil and consider the world's third-biggest oil consumer as its preferred sales destination on Sunday.

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met OPEC Secretary General Sanusi Mohammad Barkindo to discuss "the current scenario of oil and gas industry of the world and exchanged notes on the recent developments", an official statement said.

During the meeting, Pradhan highlighted that in today's oversupplied market, it is important for producers to understand the perspective of consuming countries and the changes that have taken place in these demand centres.

Barkindo is in India to attend the first CERAWEEK India Energy Forum. The two had last met in Vienna in May 2017 for the 2nd India-OPEC Institutional Dialogue.

"Pradhan reiterated that the OPEC should work towards 'responsible pricing', which is important for India for socio-economic and developmental reasons," the statement said.

 OPEC should go for responsible pricing, consider India as preferred sales destination, says Pradhan

File image of petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Reuters

Reiterating the decade-old India's view that the OPEC should consider giving 'Asian Dividend' rather than charging 'Asian Premium' on the crude supplied to India, he said countries like India should actually be the "preferred destination".

India sources about 86 percent of crude oil, 75 percent of natural gas and 95 percent of LPG from OPEC member countries.

The minister emphasised on the need for a purposeful and improved dialogue among producer and consumer countries. He suggested that the OPEC at its ministerial meetings give wider consideration to India's requests.

According to Pradhan, India is putting a lot of emphasis on diversifying its crude oil supply sources and tapping new supply sources. In this context, he highlighted the arrival of two shipments of crude oil cargo of 1.6 million barrels from the US.

Three Indian public sector refineries have already placed a cumulative order of 7.85 million barrel from the US. In addition, a private refiner has placed an order of 2 million barrel from the western nation.

The minister was accompanied by senior officials from the and also CEOs of seven public and private refineries who together operate all 23 refineries in India processing over 235 million tonnes of crude annually.

The minister extended invitation to the OPEC secretary general to attend the 16th Ministerial Meeting of International Energy Forum scheduled to take place in India in April 2018.

The secretary general accepted the invitation, the statement said.

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Updated Date: Oct 09, 2017 10:29:12 IST