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IOC losing Rs 75 cr a day on fuel sales

State fuel retailers IOC, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum sell diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene at government dictated rates, lower than cost of production.

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State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) on Friday said it is losing about Rs 75 crore a day on sale of diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene at rates below production cost.

"We are currently losing Rs 2.01 per litre on diesel, Rs 15.52 a litre on PDS kerosene and Rs 188.47 per domestic LPG cylinder," Chairman B M Bansal said here.

State fuel retailers IOC, Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) sell diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene at government dictated rates, which are lower than cost of production.

The government had in June announced freeing of petrol price from its administrative control, allowing oil firms to revise rates in step with cost of raw material (crude oil).

But the actual freeing of petrol prices is yet to happen, as the state-run firms have revised tariff only once since then.

"Petrol is being sold at a loss of Rs 1.04 per litre," an industry official said.

While the government and upstream firms like Oil and Natural Gas Corp will make up for the loss on diesel, LPG and kerosene, those on petrol will have to be borne by the fuel retailers themselves.

Bansal said IOC lost Rs 6,718 crore in revenues on fuel sales during the July-September quarter.

The company had lost Rs 11,013.85 crore in revenues in April-June quarter. Of this, it got Rs 3,671.26 crore from upstream firms ONGC, GAIL and Oil India. It had to absorb the rest Rs 7,342.59 crore.

IOC, BPCL and HPCL, put together, lost Rs 11,899 crore in revenues on selling the three fuels below cost in July-September quarter, Bansal said.

The government is yet to announce how the second quarter revenue loss will be met.

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