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Essar Oil settles $2.5 billion Iran oil dues, still owes about $616 million

Reuters  |  NEW DELHI 

By Nidhi Verma

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - has settled about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in dues to to cover previous purchases and still owes the country about $616 million, said on Thursday.

The outstanding payments stem from delays in paying for Iranian when the country was under international sanctions over its nuclear programme. The sanctions ended in 2016.

The new Rosneft-led management, as part of the $12.9 billion acquisition of Oil, took the decision to repay the dues owed to

aims to buy 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) of from in 2018/19, the same as the previous year, Anand said, adding his company was receiving the same concessions as state-owned Indian refiners for Iranian purchases.

has deepened discounts on freight to state refiners that have agreed to almost double annual imports from in 2018/19.

The private refiner imports about 60,000 bpd of from under a term deal and about 50,000 bpd of Mexican from spot markets "depending on economics", Anand told in an interview during the International Energy Forum.

operates a 400,000 bpd in western state and sells about 60 percent of its refined fuels in local markets.

The company recently struck an over $1 billion pre-financing deal with and with a commitment to repay with cargoes of refined products.

Anand said his firm had no immediate plans to sign more pre-financing deals.

To boost its local sales plans to add 1,500 fuel stations within 18-24 months, he said. currently operates 4,500 fuel stations in

"Our include adding more value-added services, more automation and digitisation and embracing the changing like charging stations," he said.

($1 = 0.8123 euros)

(Editing by Christian Schmollinger and David Evans)

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:52 IST