Increased vehicle movements for electioneering in five states and power outages that forced use of gensets were responsible for the over 8% growth in diesel demand, a ministry official said.
Reflecting slowdown in aviation sector, jet fuel consumption was down 6.5% at 371,400 tonne. Industrial fuels naphtha and light diesel oil also recorded negative growth rates.
Oil product demand in April-November rose 4% to 86.6 million tonne with diesel consumption rising by 10.7 % to 33.73 million tonne.
Crude oil imports in November rose 7.8% to 9.87 million tonne, with private refiners accounting for almost one-third of the inward shipments. Product imports, however, declined 17.3% to 1.35 million tonne on lower LPG and diesel imports. Fuel exports were also down 9.6% to 2.66 million tonne, with diesel being the most shipped product at 1.21 million tonne.