Iranian oil imports could be cut by 15% in 2014-15: Oil Min

India may cut Iranian oil imports by 15% in 2014-15 from the current fiscal year's target, if western sanctions on Iran are not eased and the situation remains the same, a senior oil ministry official said on Tuesday.

India, Iran's second-biggest customer after China, may import 180,000-185,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian oil in 2014-15 fiscal year beginning in April, and would be able to import close to the targeted 220,000 bpd in the current fiscal year, R K Singh told reporters.

Tough US and EU sanctions have slashed exports from the OPEC member by more than half to about 1 million barrels per day (bpd), costing it as much as $80 billion in lost revenue since early 2012, according to White House estimates.

Even though a breakthrough accord was reached in November between world powers and Tehran over its disputed nuclear programme, tough work lies ahead in moving on from the initial deal.

EDITORIAL OF THE DAY

  • While net neutrality is a noble concept, internet for all is a necessity

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s directive that no service provider should offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on th

FC NEWSLETTER

Stay informed on our latest news!

TODAY'S COLUMNS

Urs Schoettli

The importance of Indonesia

A few weeks ago, the wo­rld was shocked by a ...

Rajgopal Nidamboor

Try to awaken the archaeologist within

Our mind is far ahead of René Descartes’ famous maxim, ...

Bubbles Sabharwal

Social media versus real life

It’s amazing how social media brings out the best side ...

INTERVIEWS

William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture