December 9, 2019

Why is diesel demand contracting in India

India’s demand for diesel is slowing as the country’s car fleet shifts predominantly to gasoline, trucks get more efficient and solar pumps displace diesel-fed units across the countryside.

The combination of these changes has led analysts, academics and company officials to speculate that diesel demand growth in the world’s third-largest crude oil consumer may have peaked, with significant repercussions for the firms that produce and sell the fuel.

WHY HAS DIESEL DEMAND FALLEN?

In addition to the longer term trends mentioned above, 2019 diesel demand was also curtailed by a prolonged monsoon which brought rural demand to a near standstill this autumn.

Widespread flooding hampered mining, construction and freight movement across parts of the country.

Slowing factory output also stymied diesel demand.

India’s industrial output fell at the fastest pace in more than six years in September, while power demand in October posted its steepest decline in over 12 years.

Read more at https://in.reuters.com/article/india-diesel-explainer/explainer-why-indias-diesel-demand-is-contracting-and-what-it-means-idINKBN1Y80BL

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