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Oil companies cutting prices

Date: 27 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Oil companies have cut prices of petrol and Diesel on second consecutive day after a near six-month period.

 

Background

The price of barrel of Brent crude oil fell prompting the rate cuts. The earlier demand had skyrocketed the prices across the country.

 

Details

  • Oil marketing companies have started to cut prices after keeping them constant for a period of 24 days. This was because of volatility that had escalated the prices.

  • The elections for state assemblies in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry has forced oil companies to keep oil prices constant.

  • The central government has not reduced the hike in excise duty imposed on petrol and diesel that was done to boost revenue during pandemic.

 

Reason for fall in prices

  • The demand for crude oil had allowed the prices to rise post October but fears of new Covid-19 restriction in Europe have made the prices to fall.

  • Crude oil prices continued to grow as the OPEC+ nations decided to cut production despite crude oil prices reaching near pre-covid levels.

  • Rising crude oil prices have increased oil output from USA, which had reduced its production after being hit by the pandemic.

  • The move by India to reduce its oil supplies from Saudi Arabia may increase production in US, which has recently become second largest supplier of India.