Huge rise in coronavirus cases hit India’s April fuel demand


Fuel

Apr 2021

Mar 2021

% change

Apr 2020

% change

Apr 2019

% change

Gasoline

2142

2475

-13.5

872

145.6

2234

-4.1

Gasoil

5909

6406

-7.8

2842

107.9

6560

-9.9

Jet Fuel

377

437

-13.7

54.5

591.7

620

-39.2

Liquefied Petroleum Gas

2106

2264

-7.0

2109

-0.1

1887

11.6

India’ preliminary fuel sales data with volumes in thousand tonnes

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“Overall fuel demand is down by about 7% from pre-covid level of April 2019,” said A.K. Singh, head of marketing at refiner Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL.NS).

“We were near pre-covid level in March but new restrictions and covid wave-2 has temporarily reduced demand equivalent to about 10% of March demand for both personal mobility and industrial goods movement,” Singh told Reuters.

He said the local fuel consumption will ‘start to look up’ in June, by when second wave of coronavirus is expected to weaken.

Analysts are expecting India’s demand for transportation fuels to witness a sharper slump in May due to more impending restrictions.

Declining fuel sales will reduce crude intake by refiners. The country’s top refiner Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS) is operating refineries at an average 95% capacity. read more

State companies – IOC, Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL.NS) and BPCL – own about 90% of India’s retail fuel outlets.

State retailers’ fuel sales in April declined from their sales in March and April 2019 levels, while posting a sharp rise from the year ago month when there was a nation-wide lockdown.

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