IOC imported 1.566 million tonnes of oil from Iran in 2012-13 financial year. For the year beginning April 2013, it "has entered into a term contract for import of 1.2 million tonnes crude oil from Iran," he said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha. (Agencies)
IOC, which is India's third largest importer of Iranian oil behind Essar Oil and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd, imported 0.577 million tonnes of oil from Iran during April-June quarter of current fiscal.
Moily said IOC imported oil worth USD 1.262 billion in 2012-13 from Iran. Of this, USD 653.015 million in rupee and USD 415.140 million in euros through a Turkish bank. USD 194.31 million remains to be paid from 2012-13.
Of the current year purchases, IOC has paid USD 193.09 million in rupee and USD 235.99 million balance remains, he said.
India slashed import of crude oil from Iran by over 26.5 percent in the financial year ended March 31 as US and European sanctions made it difficult to ship oil from the Persian Gulf nation.
The nation imported about 13.3 million tonnes of crude oil from Iran in 2012-13 fiscal, down from 18.1 million tonnes shipped in the previous financial year.
The decline in shipments to the world's fourth-largest oil importer was sharper than Iran's other two big buyers, China and South Korea, as New Delhi struggled with insurance and payment problems.
While India can't deposit dollars or euros in any foreign bank for importing crude from Iran because of the sanctions, insurance companies are refusing to cover refineries that use oil from the Persian Gulf nation.
In 2012-13, Iran has slipped three places to become India's sixth-largest crude oil supplier behind Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Venezuela, Kuwait and the UAE.
India, which relies on import for 79 percent of its oil needs, bought a total of 182.5 million tonnes crude in 2012-13. It had in the previous fiscal imported 171.7 million tonnes of crude oil, up from 163.4 million tonnes in 2010-11 and 159.2 million tonnes of 2009-10.
IOC imported 1.566 million tonnes of oil from Iran in 2012-13 financial year. For the year beginning April 2013, it "has entered into a term contract for import of 1.2 million tonnes crude oil from Iran," he said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.