From: Wagner, Jonathan
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 4:24:58 AM (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
To: Wagner, Jonathan
Subject: India plans to fill strategic oil storage by the third week of May – Reuters News

India plans to completely fill its strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) by the third week of May by moving about 19 million barrels into the sites by then, the managing director of the country’s SPR said on Tuesday.

India is moving the oil to the SPR to help the country’s refineries reduce their excess crude as the lockdown to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, has dented transportation and industrial fuel consumption in Asia’s third-largest economy.

India’s fuel demand in March declined by 17.8%, the lowest in over two decades.

India will be diverting cargoes for loading in April already bought by refiners Indian Oil Corp IOC.NS, Bharat Petroleum BPCL.NS, Hindustan Petroleum HPCL.NS and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd MRPL.NS. The refiners cut their crude processing after local fuel demand collapsed and are unable to store the excess oil themselves.

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