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Due to the increasing gap in demand and supply of crude oil globally, there would be no relief on prices of crude oil

By observing the increasing gap in demand and supply of crude oil internationally, its price is not expected to be relief very soon. Bank of America and other foreign agencies estimate that the international price of Brent crude will reach $ 70 per barrel by March-end or April. It is currently around $ 65 a barrel.

However, India purchases crude oil from many markets, due to which the price of crude oil in the country is about three dollars less than Brent. According to experts, with the increase in the price of crude oil by one dollar per barrel, petrol becomes expensive by 55 paise and diesel by 58 paise per litre. In such a situation, petrol and diesel prices are not going to be relieved by the state and central government without an effective reduction in their duty.

Increasing demand

The US, China and India, the world’s three largest consumer countries, are expected to increase crude oil consumption this year. According to data from the Group of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), oil consumption in the US will increase by 7.09 per cent this year, 8.45 per cent in China and 13.45 per cent in India this year. Crude oil consumption in other countries in Asia is expected to increase by 5.61 per cent this year. The impact of vaccination of the corona pandemic has started to appear worldwide and it has been predicted that life will be normal.

Fear of shortage of supply

Oil-producing countries are planning to cut production so that they can keep the price of crude oil at a beneficial level for themselves. At the OPEC and Russia meeting on 21 January last, it was decided to cut the supply of oil. OPEC has a meeting in the first week of March in which a decision can be taken again on the production and supply of crude oil. By the end of March, the supply can be cut up to 77 million barrels per day.

On the other hand, oil production was affected due to heavy snowfall and power cuts in Texas, the USA last week. Texas produces about 4 million barrels of crude oil a day. It supplies 40 percent of America’s total daily oil demand. The situation in Texas has not returned to normal, which has upset the arithmetic of the US oil reserves.

India’s trade deficit will increase

The rise in the price of crude oil has an adverse effect not only on the pocket of the general consumer but also on the treasury. India depends on imports for about 85 per cent of oil needs. Petroleum products account for the largest share of the country’s import bill. In January this year, India imported $ 41.9 billion, of which the share of petroleum products alone was equal to $ 94 million.

The options to solve the issue

At present, the share of electric vehicles in the total vehicles running on the roads of the country is less than two percent. The central government is also offering subsidies on purchases to encourage the sale of electric vehicles. But due to lack of infrastructure related to electric vehicles, the sale of electric vehicles is not catching pace.

There are only two most suitable ways to avoid the heat of the constantly rising oil price. The first is that the central and state governments should provide relief in this and the second alternative fuel. Experts believe that the effort to promote electric vehicles has started worldwide and in the next three to five years, the share of electric vehicles in the developed countries of the world will be more than 30 percent.

At present, the share of electric vehicles in the total vehicles running on the roads of the country is less than two percent. The central government is also offering subsidies on purchases to encourage the sale of electric vehicles. But due to lack of infrastructure related to electric vehicles, the sale of electric vehicles is not catching pace.