Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become India’s second-biggest supplier of oil behind Iraq as refiners snap up Russian crude available at a deep discount following the war in Ukraine. Indian refiners bought about 25 million barrels of Russian oil in May, or more than 16 per cent of all their oil imports. Russian-origin crude hit 5 per cent of India’s total seaborne imports in April for the first time, rising from under 1% throughout 2021 and Q1 2022.
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Key points of the report:
- After the U.S. and China, India is the world’s third-largest consumer of oil, over 85 per cent of which is imported.
- India, the world’s third-biggest oil-importing and consuming nation, has long defended purchases of crude oil from Russia following President Vladimir Putin ordering the invasion of Ukraine.
- The Oil Ministry had last month stated that “energy purchases from Russia remain minuscule in comparison to India’s total consumption.”
- Iraq remained the top supplier to India in May and Saudi Arabia is now the third biggest supplier.
- India has taken advantage of discounted prices to ramp up oil imports from Russia at a time when global energy prices have been rising.