Efforts on to reduce crude oil imports, says Minister

Steps are being taken to enhance oil and gas production to reduce crude oil imports, which has accounted for 82 per cent of the total domestic consumption this fiscal, the government said on Monday.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the target is to reduce energy imports by 10 per cent by 2021-22.

To reduce imports to meet the energy needs, the government has “taken several steps to enhance exploration and production of oil and gas in the country,” he told the Lok Sabha.

In the current fiscal till January, the share of imported crude on the basis of domestic consumption stood at 82 per cent. Last financial year, the same was at 80.9 per cent, as per figures provided by the Minister.

Over the last three financial years, the amount of imported crude has been on the rise. In 2013-14, it stood at 77.6 per cent and rose to 78.5 per cent in 2014-15.

Most of crude oil production in the country is from ageing fields in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and offshore areas, he said.

(Agencies)

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