India on observe to chop oil import dependence by 10% by 2022: Dharmendra Pradhan
Talking on the ‘Urja Sangam’ convention in March 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned that India must convey down its oil import dependence from 77 per cent in 2013-14, to 67 per cent by 2022, when India will have a good time its 75th yr of independence.
Additional, the dependence could be lower to half by 2030, he had mentioned.
However with consumption rising at a brisk tempo and home output remaining stagnant, India’s oil import dependence has risen from 82.9 per cent in 2017-18, to 83.7 per cent in 2018-19, in response to the oil ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Evaluation Cell (PPAC).
“We’re very a lot on observe. We’ll obtain the goal,” Pradhan advised reporters on sidelines of an trade occasion right here.
The federal government is specializing in elevated use of bio-fuels and elevating home crude oil and fuel manufacturing to scale back imports.
Pradhan mentioned mixing of ethanol in petrol has risen to six per cent at current and the mixing would rise additional to 10 per cent by 2022.
Concurrently, 5,000 compressed bio-gas crops are being arrange that may convert agriculture and municipal waste into gasoline, he mentioned.
Use of alternate fuels will assist convey down import dependence, he mentioned.
Import dependence in 2015-16, was 80.6 per cent, which rose to 81.7 per cent within the following yr, in response to PPAC.
The nation’s oil consumption grew from 184.7 million tonnes in 2015-16 to 194.6 million tonnes within the following yr and 206.2 million tonnes within the yr thereafter. In 2018-19, demand grew by 2.6 per cent to 211.6 million tonnes.
In distinction, home output witnessed a decline. India’s crude oil output fell from 36.9 million tonnes in 2015-16 to 36 million tonnes in 2016-17.
The pattern of destructive progress continued within the following years as output fell to 35.7 million tonnes in 2017-18 and to 34.2 million tonnes within the fiscal yr that ended on March 31, 2019, PPAC knowledge confirmed.
In accordance with PPAC, India spent USD 111.9 billion on oil imports in 2018-19, up from USD 87.eight billion within the earlier fiscal yr. The import invoice was USD 64 billion in 2015-16.
For the present fiscal, it projected crude oil imports to rise to 233 million tonnes and overseas change spending on it to marginally enhance to USD 112.7 billion.
State-owned Oil and Pure Fuel Corp’s (ONGC) output fell to 19.6 million tonnes in 2018-19 from 20.eight million tonnes within the earlier yr. ONGC’s oil manufacturing was 20.9 million tonnes in 2016-17 and 21.1 million tonnes in 2015-16.
Output from fields operated by non-public corporations has dropped from 11.2 million tonnes in 2015-16 to 9.6 million tonnes in 2018-19.Particular Thursday Expiry on
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