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Diesel Exporter India Buying From Offshore Before Emission Rules

  • Low-sulfur diesel being imported as Indian refineries upgraded
  • IOC may bring in another 160,000 tons of the industrial fuel
Inside The Numaligarh Refinery And Gas Station
Photographer: Adeel Halim/Bloomberg

India -- one of Asia’s biggest diesel exporters -- is having to import large quantities of the industrial fuel as its refineries gear up for new emission rules that take effect in April.

The country imported 293,000 tons of diesel in December, a fivefold jump from November, figures from data intelligence firm Kpler show. However, it remained a net exporter of the fuel. Most of the imports are likely to be ultra low-sulfur grades that comply with the Bharat Stage VI standards, which mandate a maximum sulfur content of 0.001% in fuel for road vehicles.