Crude oil imports rose to a 4-month peak in August, while fuel oil imports climbed to the highest in more than eight years, data from the oil ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) showed on Monday.
Crude imports into the world’s third-largest consumer rose 5.5 per cent from a year earlier to 19.66 million tonnes, and increased by about 1.7 per cent from July’s 19.34 million tonnes. It was the most imported since April.
Fuel oil imports rose to 306,000 tonnes in August, a peak since PPAC data going back to at least 2011.
Imports of oil products jumped by about 23.2 per cent from a year earlier, while those of naphtha, generally used as a solvent to dilute heavy crude oil, rose to their its highest since April 2018.
Diesel imports fell about 55 per cent to their lowest since December at 51,000 tonnes. Gasoline, or petrol imports slid 29 per cent month-on-month to 174,000 tonnes after having climbed to their highest level since at least April 2011 in July.
India and China are Asia’s biggest importers and buy a combined 12 per cent of the world’s oil.
Meanwhile, product exports fell 5.2 per cent year-on-year, the data showed, with LPG exports dropping to their lowest since November 2018.
China’s gasoline exports in August eased from near-record highs posted in the previous month, while diesel exports came in lower than July.