|2019-02-19 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
中国石化新闻网讯 据路透社2月18日新德里/新加坡报道，印度最大的炼油商印度石油公司(Indian Oil Corp)董事长周一表示，该公司已签署首份购买美国石油的年度协议，在截至2020年3月的一年里，以约15亿美元的价格每天购买6万桶美国石油，以实现原油来源的多样化。
咨询公司FGE驻新加坡的苏伊士石油(Suez oil)东部主管Sri Paravaikkarasu表示，这项长期协议将有助于降低IOC对欧佩克原油的依赖。
Indian Oil signs first annual deal for U.S. oil
Indian Oil Corp, the country's top refiner, has signed its first annual deal to buy U.S. oil, paying about $1.5 billion for 60,000 barrels a day in the year to March 2020 to diversify its crude sources, its chairman said on Monday.
IOC is the first Indian state refiner to buy U.S. oil under an annual contract, in a deal that will also help boost trade between New Delhi and Washington.
The company has previously purchased U.S. oil from spot markets and signed a mini-term deal in August to buy 6 million barrels of U.S. oil between November and January.
IOC chairman Sanjiv Singh said the annual contract will begin from April. He declined to give the name of the seller or pricing details, citing confidentiality.
A trade source, who is not authorised to speak to media, said IOC signed the deal with Norwegian oil company Equinor which will supply a variety of U.S. crude grades.
Equinor, which has set up an office in New Delhi to support oil marketing and trading, declined to comment.
Indian Oil buys about 75 percent of its oil needs through long-term deals, mostly with OPEC nations.
The term deal will help cut IOC's dependence on OPEC crude, said Sri Paravaikkarasu, head of east of Suez oil for consultants FGE in Singapore.
(Reporting by Nidhi Verma; editing by Richard Pullin and Kirsten Donovan) ((email@example.com; +91 11 49548031; Reuters Messaging: firstname.lastname@example.org))