COPEC predicts fuel price reduction from March 1

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Beginning on Thursday, March 1, 2023, the cost of gasoline and fuel is anticipated to decrease by 3.7% to 4.04% per gallon.

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) claims that despite a slight devaluation of the cedi relative to the dollar during that time, this is the result of a drop in product costs on the global market.

“These expected drop in prices for the second time running since the second pricing window of February 2023 does not have any correlation with the much touted Gold for Oil programme as these movements are simply a derivative of market forces at play within the period,”.

“We still await the reductions the two cargoes brought in this month will add to the relieving the suffering of the petroleum consumer”, it added.

For petrol, COPEC said “with the international price decreasing from $878.41/MT to $849.25/MT (-3.32%), the retail price works up to ¢13.66 per litre”.

Regarding diesel, it pointed out “with the International price decreasing from $854.00/MT to $809.38/MT (-5.22%), and the increase in the dollar rate, the expected mean retail price for the next window shall be ¢13.98 per litre”.

On the other hand, it said the projected retail price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is expected to increase by about 4.36% from the current average of 13.86/kilogramme to ¢14.46/kg.

Read the statement below:

FUEL PRICES SET TO DECLINE-FIRST WINDOW MARCH

Following from the following basic assumptions, that; prices of both petrol and diesel have all declined marginally within the period whiles Crude price has also minimally dropped from $82.99/barrel to $82.48/barrel (-0.61%).

Though the Dollar exchange rate has seen a slight increase from averages of GHS12.4697 to GHS12.8650 (3.17%) per $1, further considering the CBOD rate of about $1=GHS14.00, the following shall form the predicted retail figures for Petroleum products from computations by the technical and pricing team, for the 1st pricing window of March under the price deregulation programme of the National Petroleum Authority, Which window commences on Wednesday, 1 March 2023. All understated Predictions are factored to be within (+/-)5%.

Petrol

With the international price decreasing from $878.41/MT to $849.25/MT (-3.32%), the retail price works up to GHS13.66/L

Petrol Retail prices are therefore expected to drop by 3.73% from the current Mean value of GHS14.20/L

Diesel

With the International price decreasing from $854.00/MT to $809.38/MT (-5.22%), and the increase in the Dollar rate, the expected mean retail price for the next window shall be GHS13.98/L

Thus, Diesel prices are therefore expected to drop by 4.04% from the current Mean value of GHS14.57/L

Mean Price of Petrol and Diesel

The Mean price of Petrol and Diesel shall be 13.82/L.

LPG

With the international price increasing from $699.45/MT to $702.50/MT (4.94%) the projected retail price of LPG is expected to increase by about 4.36% from the current average of 13.86/kg to GHS14.46/kg.

These expected drops in prices for the second time running since the second pricing window of February 2023 does not have any correlation with the much touted Gold for Oil programme as these movements are simply a derivative of market forces at play within the period, we still await the reductions the two cargoes brought in this month will add to the relieving the suffering of the petroleum consumer

Advice on LPG consumption.

The current high retail prices of LPG has contributed to consumption generally dropping by 12% year on year in 2022,

It will be prudent If authorities did take a second look at the factors contributing to high prices of a commodity which Ghana has in enormous commercial quantities to ensure price stability or decline if the government’s 50% penetration target is to be ever achieved and to continuously promote its usage with the overall environmental promotion in mind.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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