Petrol demand returns to pre-COVID-19 ranges, diesel gross sales inching up

The September rise in petrol is a turnaround from the sharp drop witnessed in August.

India’s petrol gross sales rose 2% in September – the primary enhance for the reason that nation’s lockdown in late March – signalling demand returning to pre-COVID-19 ranges.

Diesel gross sales proceed to be under regular however have proven a month-on-month enhance, in line with provisional information from state-owned gas retailers who management 90% of the market.

Petrol gross sales in September rose 2% year-on-year and had been up 10.5% over the earlier month.

Diesel gross sales proceed to be within the damaging territory, with demand falling 7% year-on-year. But the demand was 22% larger over August 2020.

This is the primary time that petrol gross sales on this planet’s third-largest oil importer have risen for the reason that March 25 nationwide lockdown crippled financial exercise and despatched demand plummeting.

Petrol gross sales rose to 2.2 million tonne in September as in comparison with 2.16 million tonne in the identical month final yr and 1.9 million tonne throughout August 2020.

Demand for diesel, essentially the most consumed gas within the nation, fell to four.84 million tonne from 5.2 million tonne in September 2019. Sales had been three.97 million tonne throughout August this yr.

Earlier this week, Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) Director (Marketing) Arun Kumar Singh had said that petrol gross sales had been nearly at pre-COVID-19 ranges however diesel is lagging.

This was as a result of private mobility was being most popular resulting in extra non-public automobiles on the highway. But in case of diesel, consumption sectors like college buses and public transport had been at a really subdued stage, he had stated.

“As we move along, petrol will come into growth zone in October/November while diesel will be in the rate of (minus) -0-3% range,” he had stated.

Industry sources stated whereas the Indian financial system has began to choose up with lockdown restrictions being lifted since June, native lockdowns by states have hampered the demand shortly choosing up.

The September rise in petrol is a turnaround from the sharp drop witnessed in August. Diesel and petrol gross sales have fallen by 21% and seven.four%, respectively in August from a yr earlier.

Jet gas gross sales at 6,18,000 tonne was down 54% in September however was 22.5% larger than 2,35,000 tonne gross sales in August.

Cooking gasoline LPG gross sales had been up 5% at 2.28 million tonne year-on-year and three.5% month-on-month.

Car gross sales rose 14% in August from a yr earlier, whereas two-wheeler gross sales elevated by three%.

Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman of Indian Oil Corp (IOC) – the nation’s largest gas retailer, had final month said that there have been indicators of demand restoration, however the pandemic’s influence may linger and month-to-month consumption might edge again to pre-virus ranges by the tip of the yr.

Fuel demand is predicted to additional rise in October because the festive season kicks in.

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