Pvt oil cos will now find bulk diesel sales lucrative

Jan 19 2013, 01:30 IST
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SummaryPrivate oil marketers like Reliance Industries and Essar Oil, which have been forced to idle a part of their fuel retail outlet network, are bracing up to give competition to public sector oil marketing companies in the bulk diesel market, thanks to Thursday’s government decision to deregulate this market.

retail outlets in India, runs around 35-40 retail outlets across six states.

Essar Oil MD & CEO LK Gupta welcomed the partial deregulation but said the need of the hour was complete deregulation of fuel prices and allow market forces to set the benchmarks in tandem with global oil prices.

Analysts say the major beneficiaries of the diesel price hikes could be state-run producers such as Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Oil India, as they have been selling crude oil and associated products at huge discounts and could be allowed to charge higher prices.

State-run oil marketers would also gain from the price hike but to a lesser extent, as they are partly compensated through cash subsidies from the government and discounts from oil producers.

Investors largely welcomed the move as the ONGC share surged 7% to Rs 337.50, while Oil India shot up 9% to Rs 561 on Friday on the BSE. State-owned fuel retailers HPCL, BPCL and IOC also gained on the news. RIL and Essar Oil registered more muted gains.

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