India’s BPCL to boost oil imports from Iraq more than three-fold
January 13 2019 09:34 PM
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BPCL has expanded its Kochi refinery in southern Indian state of Kerala to 15mn tonnes a year from 9.5mn. The expansion allows it to process more dirtier crudes that are cheaper. Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Basra (file). Iraq is the biggest supplier of crude oil to India, which imports more than 80% of its requirements.

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India’s Bharat Petroleum Corp will increase oil purchases from Iraq more than three-fold this year after raising its appetite for cheaper crude.
The state-run refiner will import 5mn tonnes of various grades of Iraqi crude, including Basrah Heavy, in 2019 as against 1.5mn purchased last year, R Ramachandran, director for refineries, said in an interview in Mumbai last week. Higher imports from Iraq will displace some of the crude it imports from other Middle East countries, he said.
BPCL will also continue to purchase Iran crude as much as available because it’s cheap and economical, he said. The company plans to buy 1mn barrels of Iranian crude in March, after buying an equal quantity in February.
Iraq is the biggest supplier of crude oil to India, which imports more than 80% of its requirements. Russia’s Rosneft established its presence in India by acquiring a private refinery at Vadinar in the western Indian state of Gujarat.



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