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India's crude oil import bill jumps 24% to $48.1 bn

India imports of crude oil has increased from 99.4 million tones in 2005 to 110.85 million tones in 2006.

business Updated: May 07, 2007 17:37 IST

India's crude oil import bill jumped over 24 per cent to $48.1 billion in 2006-07 on back of rise in international prices.

The country imported 110.85 million tonnes of crude oil in 2006-07, which is 11.5 per cent up from 99.4 million tonnes bought in 2005-06, petroleum ministry officials said.

In terms of rupee, crude oil imports cost Rs 219,990.9 crore in FY'07 against Rs 171,702 crore in the previous year.

Oil product imports at 16.96 million tonnes for $8.89 billion (Rs 40,389.1 crore) in 2006-07 were up by 45.2 per cent over 11.67 million tonnes of products worth $5.86 billion (Rs 25,575 crore) imported last year.

Total imports (crude plus products) in 2006-07 were worth $56.99 billion (Rs 260,380 crore) against $44.64 billion (Rs 197,278 crore) worth of imports last year.

Exports of petroleum products in the year was up 50 per cent to 32.39 million tonnes worth $17.64 billion (Rs 80,172 crore). Last year 21.5 million tonnes of products were exported for $10.54 billion (Rs 46,785 crore).
Officials said India's fuel demand grew 5.9 per cent to 119.84 million tonnes in 2006-07.

During 2006-07, 11.64 million tonnes of diesel was exported for $6.59 billion (Rs 30,044.6 crore), 8.3 million tonnes of naphtha for $4.68 billion (Rs 21,204.7 crore), 3.69 million tonnes of petrol for $2.31 billion (Rs 10,538.1 crore) and 3.66 million tonnes of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) for $2.26 billion (Rs 10,297.4 crore).

Major petroleum products imported included 1.96 million tonnes of LPG for $1.09 billion (Rs 4,946.1 crore).

Net oil import bill (total imports minimum exports) stood at $39.34 billion (Rs 180,208 crore) in 2006-07 against $34.09 billion (Rs 150,493 crore) in the previous year.