India Oil demand rises from 4-year low as cash ban impact fades


India Oil demand rises from 4-year low as cash ban impact fades

India’s oil demand growth in 2018 rebounded from the slowest pace in four years as the country recovered from the shock of a cash ban and the roll out of a national sales tax.

The nation’s consumption of petroleum products rose 4.1 percent to about 210 million tons, the Oil Ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell said Friday. Growth improved from the preceding year’s 2.7 percent expansion, the slowest pace since 2013, as consumption was severely affected by a cash ban that crippled economic activity.

A spike in domestic oil prices, a credit crunch unleashed by the collapse of a shadow bank, slower vehicle sales and weak industrial activity affected oil consumption in the second-half last year, when demand declined in three of the six months.

“Diesel and LPG are two main culprits for pull-down in total demand last year,” Senthil Kumaran, senior oil analyst at energy consultancy FGE Read More

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