Thursday, 18 April

Fuel to rise by 7 – 13%

The predicted rise in the price of fuel will be for the first pricing window of February

The price of fuel at the pumps is expected to rise by between 7% and 13%, the Institute for Energy Securities has predicted.

It takes effect from 1 February 2023.

Should that happen, petrol will sell for ¢15 per litre and diesel ¢17 per litre.

The expected rise is due to the fall in the value of the cedi against the dollar and other currencies of international trade.

Also, there have been rises in the price of crude on the international market, as observed on the global S&P Platts platform.

“On the basis of the rising international fuel prices as observed on the global S&P Platts platform, linked with the local currency’s value decline against the greenback, the Institute for Energy Security (IES) estimates a 7% to 13% jump in the prices of Gasoline [petrol], Gasoil [diesel], and LPG over the next two weeks ending February 14, 2023”.

“The rise in domestic fuel prices would be occasioned in spite of the government’s receipt of approximately 41,000 metric tonnes of Gasoil under its “Gold for Oil” programme, and that consumers must be prepared to buy for instance, a litre of Gasoline [petrol] for roughly ¢15 in the coming days”, it stated.

World oil market

The international crude oil benchmark Brent increased to about $86.14 per barrel on average terms from a previous average rate of $81.72 per barrel.

This represented a 5.41% increase in average price over the last two weeks.

Following an initial steady grind upwards to $88.16 per barrel at the close of January 23, Brent crude oil price settled lower on Friday, January 26, 2023, making the commodity’s weekly finish flat to lower.

Brent closed Friday’s trading at $86.66 after closing the day before at $87.28 per barrel, up from the year’s low of $72.50.

Local fuel market pricing

The second pricing window for January 2023 saw price increases for petroleum products on the domestic market.

Prices increased by some 9% and 6.67% for petrol and diesel respectively.

Petrol per litre increased to ¢13.58, from ¢12.54, and diesel from ¢14.40 to ¢15.36.

The national average price of LPG was also pegged at ¢12.69 per kilogramme.