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Oil above tolerance threshold, end Asian Premium: India to OPEC

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Thursday reiterated its call to end the Asian Premium on being charged by producers and said prices have risen beyond the threshold that can be sustained by the world.

At a meeting here with of the Organisation of Exporting Countries (OPEC), said market fundamentals do not support such high prices and impressed on the need for governments to move towards responsible pricing, according to a Ministry release here.

"Pradhan expressed his concern about rising crude prices and its negative impact on consumers across the world. He emphasized that globally crude prices have gone beyond the threshold which can be sustained by the world.

"He reiterated the issue of discriminatory pricing through measures such as Asian Premium and urged the move to transparent and flexible markets for both and gas," he said.

Pradhan urged the to convey the message to their respective governments regarding the need to move to responsible pricing, one that balances the interests of both the producer and consumer.

"The timing of the meeting comes at a crucial time when global crude are at the highest since the peak of 2014," the statement added.

According to the ministry, Pradhan is scheduled to visit on June 20-21 to participate in the OPEC international seminar and will discuss these key issues with OPEC and ministers from the 13-nation cartel. OPEC and non-OPEC countries are also expected to decide on extending the output cuts, which, along with the geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, have helped push up crude prices.

As two Asian giants that accounted for 17 per cent of global oil consumption last year, and held formal talks in earlier this week on forming an oil buyers' club. Pradhan has earlier this year proposed an alliance between Indian and Chinese state-run oil companies to have a greater say in the market.

With reports of and discussing raising OPEC and non-OPEC by some 1 million barrels a day producing a fall in crude rates, transport fuel prices in the country suddenly started declining in June. After declining for a fortnight, rates have remained unchanged for the second consecutive day on Thursday.

Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days during May, have been on the reverse trend for the last two weeks but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming. The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

US said on Wednesday that were too high and blamed OPEC for the surge.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 20:16 IST
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