Kathmandu: The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has said that it has to pay Rs 21 billion by the last of August to the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for the purchase of petroleum products
The amount to be paid to the IOC has gone up for the NOC’s failure to pay on time due to a heavy loss in the sale of petroleum products for a long.
NOC’s Spokesperson Binitmani Upadhyay said accessible supply of petroleum products by clearing the dues to the IOC is a challenge for NOC.
The government had doled out Rs 7 billion in loan to the NOC some weeks ago as the NOC had no money to purchase petroleum products after its reserve funds remained empty.
Likewise, NOC had taken Rs 3 billion in loan from Rastriya Banijya Bank (RBB) to ensure an accessible supply of petroleum products.
Meanwhile, the NOC has hiked the price of diesel and kerosene since last midnight. With the new price list, per litre diesel and kerosene will cost Rs 178 from Rs 172 of the past.
However, the price of other petroleum products including cooking gas, petrol and aviation fuel is unchanged.
The NOC claimed that it will witness Rs 610 million in losses in a month even after the latest price adjustment on petroleum goods.
The price of petroleum products has again started to go up in the international market for the past two weeks though it was in the decreasing trend in the previous weeks.