India’s Fuel Demand Hits 9-Month Low In May 2021 Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

India's Fuel Demand Hits 9-Month Low In May 2021 Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

State refiners’ each day petrol and diesel gross sales declined by a few fifth in May from a month earlier

The nation’s gasoline demand slumped in May to its lowest since August final yr with a second COVID-19 wave stalling mobility and muting financial exercise on the earth’s third largest oil client. Oil demand fell 11.3 per cent to fifteen.11 million tonnes in comparison with the earlier month and was down 1.5 per cent from a yr earlier, information from the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the Oil Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

“It’s primarily because of the lockdowns, but it’s very difficult to isolate the impact on demand as even high oil prices could sort of pinch a little bit in terms of demand recovering more slowly,” mentioned Prashant Vashist, Vice President and Co-Group head at ICRA.

Indian state refiners’ each day petrol and diesel gross sales declined by a few fifth in May from a month earlier as a result of pandemic, however larger gasoline costs have additionally sapped consumption. The nation’s whole coronavirus infections crossed 27 million and hit report each day ranges final month, placing the federal government “on a war footing” to include the unfold.

However, as instances decline, components of the nation are anticipated to ease motion restrictions, which might increase demand. “Everybody is expecting the recovery will be faster this time… so in another quarter or so probably we should be somewhere close to pre-pandemic levels,” Vashist added.

Diesel consumption, a key parameter linked to financial development and which accounts for about 40 per cent of total refined gasoline gross sales in India, rose 0.7 per cent year-on-year, however dipped 17 per cent from the earlier month to five.53 million tonnes. Sales of petrol, elevated by 12.4 per cent from a yr earlier, however fell about 17 per cent month-on-month to 1.99 million tonnes.

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