‘IOC losing Rs 297 cr per day due to under-recoveries’

PTI New Delhi | Updated on April 20, 2011

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is losing Rs 297 crore per day on selling diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene at government-controlled rates, a company official said here.

“We are losing Rs 18.11 per litre on diesel, Rs 28.33 a litre on kerosene and Rs 315.86 per 14.2-kg domestic LPG cylinder,” he said.

IOC loses Rs 196 crore everyday on selling diesel below its imported cost, Rs 53 crore on kerosene and Rs 48 crore on domestic LPG.

Diesel prices were last revised in June last year when crude oil was around $71-72 per barrel. It is trading at $110 a barrel now. Domestic LPG and kerosene rates too were revised last in June 2010.

The Government has not allowed oil companies to raise fuel prices in line with imported cost to keep the inflation under check.

“Retail selling price of diesel in Delhi should have been Rs 55.86 a litre against Rs 37.75 per litre currently,” the official said.

IOC, along with public sector firms Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum, are projected to lose Rs 1,77,562 crore in revenues on selling diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene below their imported cost in 2011-12 fiscal.

The revenue loss, termed as under-recovery by oil firms, will be the highest-ever, even more than what they lost in 2008-09 when crude oil touched an all-time high of $147 per barrel.

In addition, they lose about Rs 4.50 per litre on petrol, whose rates have not moved in tandem with the imported cost despite its pricing being freed from the government control in June last year.

“Losses on petrol are not included in the under-recovery figures for 2011-12 as it is a decontrolled commodity,” the official said.

The basket of crude oil India buys had averaged $83.57 per barrel in 2008-09 and calculations for the next fiscal have been done at the prevailing rates of around $110 a barrel.

“The average price of Indian basket of crude oil last fiscal was $85.09 per barrel, higher than the 2008-09 average when the government had cut customs and excise duty on crude oil and products to check the impact of rising international rates on domestic markets,” the official said.

Published on April 20, 2011

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