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India's fuel consumption grows at slower rate of 5% in FY17

World's 3rd largest oil consumer saw demand for fuel and petroleum products rise to 194.2 mt in FY17

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

India's fuel consumption grows at slower rate of 5% in FY17

India's grew at a slower rate of five per cent in the previous financial year ended on March 31 as diesel demand slowed.

The world's third largest consumer saw demand for fuel and petroleum products rise to 194.2 million tonne in 2016-17, up from 184.6 mt in the previous financial year, according to the data from Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the ministry.

The demand growth was slower than 11.5 per cent recorded in 2015-16 when consumption had jumped to 184.67 mt from 165.5 mt in the previous year.

Demand for diesel, the most consumed fuel in the country, grew by 1.8 per cent to 74.6 mt in 2016-17. Diesel consumption has soared 7.5 per cent in 2015-16.

Last financial year saw sales move up by 9.8 per cent to 19.6 mt as released two crore new connections for the poor.

consumption was up 8.8 per cent to 21.84 mt on the back of rise in two-wheeler and car sales. Jet fuel sales were up 12 per cent at 6.2 mt.

Kerosene demand however declined by a steep 21 per cent to 6.8 mt as restricted supply of subsidised cooking fuel only to the identified needy. Also, replaced it as a cooking fuel in many households.

During March, fuel demand fell 0.6 per cent to 17.35 mt.

sales were up 2.9 per cent at 2.1 mt but diesel consumption showed a marginal 0.3 per cent rise at 6.8 mt. demand was too was up only 1.9 per cent while kerosene sales fell by a massive 26 per cent to 414,000 tonne.

While naphtha demand surged 1.8 per cent to 1.14 mt, sales of bitumen, used for making roads, was 12.2 per cent lower. Fuel use edged lower 23.4 per cent to 567,000 tonne in March.

First Published: Mon, April 10 2017. 18:13 IST
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