Saudi Arabia to provide more oxygen and containers to India
New Delhi: Saudi Arabia is shipping more medical oxygen and tankers to India to transport them as it increases aid to the nation battling the world’s worst outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Saudi Arabia last month shipped 80 tons of liquid oxygen to India and now three more containers with 60 tons of oxygen and 100 more containers to transport them.
“We deeply appreciate the gesture of HRH Prince Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy, KSA for the offer to send 3 ISO containers with 60 tonnes of LMOs, which are expected to arrive in Mumbai on June 6, 2021, and also to deliver 100 ISO containers in the coming months to support #IndiaFightsCorona, ”Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.
India has turned to OPEC countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, to stock up on medical oxygen in its fight against the pandemic.
Earlier this month Pradhan spoke with Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz, Minister of Industry of the United Arab Emirates Sultan Al Jaber and Minister of Energy of Qatar, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, for the supply of medical oxygen and containers.
“The 3 containers and additional containers that will come in the coming weeks will remain with @IndianOilcl for 6 months as a sign of the Saudi government’s goodwill, and IOCL will source LMOs from Linde Dammam on commercial terms for import into the country, “Pradhan tweeted on Saturday.
Coronavirus infections have fallen from over 4 lakh to 1.73 lakh, but the officially recorded daily deaths at 3,617 continue to be high.
“My discussions with HRH Prince Abdulaziz during this month, and his continued support for India’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, are indeed a manifestation of our deep friendship and family relationships which ultimately form the core of all our interactions, ”he said.
Pradhan has turned to OPEC countries weeks after a row with OPEC leader Saudi Arabia over rising oil prices.
In March, OPEC and its allies left oil production unchanged despite a near doubling in oil prices since the start of November, which sparked a row. Pradhan expressed disappointment at the move and said the government had asked oil companies to seek diversification of supplies.
In response, the Saudi Energy Minister said India should first use up stocks of crude it bought at low prices during the 2020 price drop.
India buys 85% of its oil needs, two thirds of which come from OPEC countries. Iraq is its main supplier, followed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Oil refiners in India cut imports from Saudi Arabia in April, a move that was seen as retaliatory, but the purchase has since been restored to original levels.
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