India says OPEC+ decision to extend oil output cuts will hit economic recovery

India, the world’s third-biggest oil importer and client, on Friday mentioned the choice by main producers to increase output cuts as costs transfer larger might threaten the consumption led-recovery in some nations.

The Group of the Petroleum Exporting International locations (OPEC) and its allies, a bunch generally known as OPEC+, agreed on Thursday to not enhance provide in April as they await a extra substantial restoration in demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Oil costs jumped greater than 2% on Friday, hitting their highest in almost 14 months in response to the choice.

“As one of many largest crude-consuming nations, India is anxious that such actions by producing nations have the potential to undermine consumption-led restoration and extra so damage customers, particularly in our price-sensitive market,” Minister for Petroleum and Pure Gasoline Dharmendra Pradhan advised Reuters.

India, hit arduous by the hovering oil costs, has urged producers to ease output cuts and assist the worldwide financial restoration.

“The choice by OPEC+ has saddened us. It’s not excellent news for India, China, Japan, Korea and different consuming nations,” Pradhan mentioned.

Rising oil costs are posing fiscal challenges for India, the place heavily-taxed retail gas costs have touched document highs in some components of the nation, threatening the demand-driven restoration.

India, Asia’s third-largest economic system, imports about 84% of its oil and depends on Center Japanese provides for assembly over three-fifths of its demand.

“We nonetheless enchantment to the oil producers for a substitute for be discovered. Pushing us (consuming nations) shouldn’t be within the curiosity of each side. Excessive oil costs may benefit a bunch of manufacturing nations, however in case you push prospects that might lead us to seek out alternate options,” Pradhan added.

Responding to India’s repeated name to ease the output cuts, Saudi Power Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman responded on Thursday by saying India ought to begin utilizing oil it purchased cheaply throughout the worth collapse final 12 months.

Nevertheless, the Saudi minister added, “we are going to proceed to work with one another… we share their (India’s) view that avoidance of volatility (in costs) will assist each producers and customers.”

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