BP to Open Fuel Station in India Amid Record Prices

© AP Photo / Matt DunhamA BP petrol station is seen in East Molesey, south west London, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
A BP petrol station is seen in East Molesey, south west London, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.10.2021
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BP and Reliance Industries signed a $6 billion agreement in 2017 to develop new gas fields and expand business activities in India, including selling gasoline and diesel in fuel stations across the country.
In a bid to tap into the retail fuel market in India, British multinational oil and gas company BP is opening its first "Jio-bp" branded petrol pump in partnership with Reliance Industries near Mumbai. It's part of a plan to open at least 5,500 fuel stations nationwide by 2025.

"We have about 1,500 petrol pumps that traditionally were Reliance sites and now have become Jio-bp sites. We are about to open what will be Jio-bp's first site near Mumbai," said Bernard Looney, BP chief executive.

BP also plans to supply 15 percent of India's gas demand in the near future. The firm picked up a 30 percent stake in one of India's most significant gas fields, KG-D6, in 2019.
In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, file photo, the sun sets behind an idle pump jack near Karnes City, Texas. Demand for oil continues to fall due to the new coronavirus outbreak. - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.10.2021
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On Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to global oil and gas firms seeking investment amid growing energy demand.
The PM said that the focus has shifted from "revenue" to "production" maximisation, and spoke about the need to expand crude oil storage facilities in the country.
Currently, gasoline and diesel prices are touching a record high (INR 110 per litre or $1.47) in the country due to the government slapping higher taxes on commodities. Daily fluctuations in prices along with India's pricing formula play into the hands of oil retailers.
One of the world's fastest-growing economies, India, uses four million barrels a day.
According to an estimate by the International Energy Agency, the country's oil consumption is expected to reach 10 million barrels per day by 2040.
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