Major oil exporter Saudi Arabia has cut the supply of April-loading crude to at least four north Asian buyers by up to 15%, while meeting the normal monthly requirements of Indian refined according to media reports
India's strong resistance to the OPEC and its allies' move over the continuation of unilateral oil production cuts going into April has bore some results with the world's largest oil producer, Saudi Arabia, ensuring full monthly supplies of crude to the country even as it reduced supplies to other Asian countries.
India has maintained a very strong stand against the production cuts by the oil cartel as considers this being the prime reason for hardening of global crude prices much to the detriment of large consuming country like itself.
According to sources, Saudi Arabia has cut the supply of April loading crude by almost 15 per cent for several of its consumers, including Japan, Korea and even China, with marginal cuts.
For India, the third-biggest oil consumer in the world, supplies remain unaffected as the Gulf nation continues with average maintained so far. It has, however, not agreed to increase the oil supplies to India as balancing between production and supply gas to be maintained.
Saudi company Aramco is the prime supplier of oil in the Asian markets. While it had reduced supplies till February, supplies sources said have been maintained in March but next month there could be some cuts again. While its request for easing production has not acceded, India is getting its share of oil.