OPEC will 'seriously consider' PM Modi's views on slashing oil prices

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2018 10:09 hrs
FILE PHOTO: A flag with the OPEC logo is seen before a news conference in Vienna

Vienna [Austria]: The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would "seriously consider" Prime Minister Narendra Modi's views on lowering global crude oil prices, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Thursday.

Upon his arrival in Vienna for the crucial meet, which seeks to stabilise the global price of crude oil, Al-Falih underscored that Prime Minister Modi cares for Indian consumers and raised the issue during the recently-concluded G20 summit in Argentina.

"We would take the views of Prime Minister Modi's seriously. Privately, he made those points in Buenos Aires (during the G20 summit) to us (Saudi Arabia), that he cares for the Indian consumers. I have seen him several times at energy events in India, where he has been vocal about it," the minister said.

India is the world's third largest oil consumer and imports about 80 per cent to meet its energy requirements.

When asked about US President Donald Trump's demand on lowering crude oil prices, Al-Khalih elaborated: "Trump is the President of the largest consuming country of petrol. Just like a consumer in the US or in France, India and Saudi Arabia, everyone wants affordable energy. So he has every right to wish for affordable energy for his citizens. We would hear him and take his views seriously."

Underlining that consumer is an important focus in the meeting, the Saudi Energy Minister said the main aim is to bring supply demand of crude oil in balance.

The comments from the Saudi Minister came after Trump urged OPEC countries to keep oil production stable so that its prices remained low in the near future. "Hopefully OPEC will be keeping oil flows as is, not restricted. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!", the US President wrote on his Twitter handle.

Trump has been vociferous about OPEC, repeatedly urging the group to keep oil prices low and accusing it of restricting its production, leading to a hike in global crude rates.

Al-Falih, however, lashed out at the US, saying that "no permission is needed from anyone" to reduce oil prices. "We don't need permission from anyone to cut. They are not in a position to tell us what to do," the minister was quoted by Al-Jazeera, as saying.

The OPEC is a grouping of 15 oil-producing nations and comprises Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Congo, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Qatar. They account for more than half of the world's oil output.

However, Qatar will pull out from the group in January 2019, as it wants to focus on its efforts to increase its natural gas production.

Saudi Arabia, which is the de facto leader of OPEC, is keen to reportedly curb its oil output by at least 1.3 million barrels per day, or 1.3 per cent of global production.

Crude rates skyrocketed to a four-year high of USD 86 per barrel in October. But since then, the price spiralled down to about USD 60 per barrel.

State Capitals (Applicable from 6:00 a.m. on 07-12-2018) Petrol Current Price(Per Lt) Petrol Previous Price(Per Lt) Change(Rs)
Petrol price in DelhiRs.71.32 Rs.71.72 -0.40
Petrol price in KolkataRs.73.36 Rs.73.75 -0.39
Petrol price in MumbaiRs.76.90 Rs.77.29 -0.39
Petrol price in ChennaiRs.73.99 Rs.74.41 -0.42
Petrol price in FaridabadRs.70.56 Rs.70.98 -0.42
Petrol price in GurgaonRs.70.34 Rs.70.73 -0.39
Petrol price in NoidaRs.71.03 Rs.71.36 -0.33
Petrol price in GhaziabadRs.70.66 Rs.71.15 -0.49
Petrol price in AgartalaRs.68.11 Rs.68.49 -0.38
Petrol price in AizwalRs.67.58 Rs.68.12 -0.54
Petrol price in AmbalaRs.69.95 Rs.70.33 -0.38
Petrol price in BangaloreRs.71.87 Rs.72.27 -0.40
Petrol price in BhopalRs.74.34 Rs.74.75 -0.41
Petrol price in BhubhaneswarRs.70.14 Rs.70.66 -0.52
Petrol price in ChandigarhRs.67.39 Rs.67.77 -0.38
Petrol price in DehradunRs.71.24 Rs.71.66 -0.42
Petrol price in GandhinagarRs.68.89 Rs.69.38 -0.49
Petrol price in GangtokRs.74.65 Rs.75.05 -0.40
Petrol price in GuwahatiRs.71.16 Rs.71.30 -0.14
Petrol price in HyderabadRs.75.61 Rs.76.03 -0.42
Petrol price in ImphalRs.67.52 Rs.67.87 -0.35
Petrol price in ItanagarRs.65.34 Rs.65.47 -0.13
Petrol price in JaipurRs.71.92 Rs.72.31 -0.39
Petrol price in JammuRs.70.71 Rs.71.35 -0.64
Petrol price in JalandharRs.76.43 Rs.76.94 -0.51
Petrol price in KohimaRs.68.30 Rs.68.68 -0.38
Petrol price in LucknowRs.70.84 Rs.71.07 -0.23
Petrol price in PanjimRs.63.65 Rs.64.05 -0.40
Petrol price in PatnaRs.75.33 Rs.75.76 -0.43
Petrol price in Port BlairRs.61.66 Rs.61.99 -0.33
Petrol price in RaipurRs.69.71 Rs.69.99 -0.28
Petrol price in RanchiRs.70.05 Rs.70.57 -0.52
Petrol price in ShillongRs.68.51 Rs.68.99 -0.48
Petrol price in ShimlaRs.70.47 Rs.70.67 -0.20
Petrol price in SrinagarRs.73.74 Rs.74.13 -0.39
Petrol price in TrivandrumRs.74.51 Rs.74.72 -0.21
Petrol price in SilvassaRs.69.67 Rs.70.06 -0.39
Petrol price in DamanRs.69.55 Rs.69.96 -0.41
Petrol price in PondicherryRs.70.55 Rs.70.85 -0.30

Source for prices: Indian Oil Corporation



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