India’s crude, gas consumption up but output fell in last 10 years: Report

India’s crude oil and natural gas production declined in the past decade even though consumption increased by 60 per cent and 22 per cent, respectively, shows BP Statistical Review.

The recently released report cited that growth in global energy markets slowed in 2019 in line with weaker economic growth. Oil reserves in India dropped from 5,000 million barrels (mb) in 1999 to 4,700 mb in 2019. The annual oil production fell from 38 million tonne (mt) in 2009 to 37.5 mt in 2019, the report showed. This is even after touching a high of 42.5 mt in 2013.

Oil consumption simultaneously rose by 60 per cent from 3.29 million barrels a day in 2009 to 5.27 million barrels per day in 2019. Among the products, the majority of the growth came from methane and LPG, where the consumption rose 118 per cent from 470,000 barrels a day in 2009 to 1.02 million barrels in 2019.

For natural gas, the reserves increased from 0.6 trillion cubic metre (tcm) in 1999 to 1.3 tcm in 2019. Despite a push from the government to increase the share of natural gas in the energy basket to 15 per cent, its production declined 25 per cent from 36.1 billion cubic metre (bcm) in 2009 to 26.9 bcm in 2019, the BP data showed.

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