Paradip:2/10/17: In yet another success to Odisha, the first US crude oil cargo of 1.6 million barrels bought by Indian Oil Corporation from the US was received at Paradip Port today.
A sample of the crude was symbolically presented to Sunjay Sudhir, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation) in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, by Anish Aggarwal, Director (Pipelines), Indian Oil. Munu Mahawar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India; Katherine B Hadda, US Consul General in Hyderabad.
Senior Officials from Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Oil were also present at the ceremony.
Calling it as a new chapter in the history of Indo-US trade, particularly in the oil and gas sector, Sudhir said that the inclusion of the US as a source for crude oil imports by India’s largest refiner will go a long way in mitigating the risks arising out of geopolitical disruptions. He hoped that the new arrangement would also usher in price stability and energy security for India, which is witnessing robust growth in demand for petroleum products.
MT New Prosperity, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), of capacity 2 million barrels of crude, left US Gulf Coast on 19th August and arrived at Paradip port today.
Indian Oil will process the crude at its East-Coast based refineries, located at Paradip, Haldia, Barauni and Bongaigaon.
Indian Oil which became the first Indian public sector refiner from India to source US crude has placed a cumulative order 3.9 million barrel from the US. Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum, India’s two other public sector refiners have also placed orders for about 2.95 million barrels and 1 million barrels respectively for their Kochi and Vizag refineries from the US. The total volume of the crude presently contracted by Indian public sector refineries is, therefore, 7.85 million barrels. The three refiners are sourcing sweet, sour and heavy crudes for their refineries which are equipped to handle the complex mix of crude oils.