'Don't expect fuel prices to drop anytime soon'
In early September, the Institute of Energy Security accurately predicted that gas prices would exceed the ¢5/litre mark by the end of September. Now they foresee another increase, according to analysis it gathered.
In an IES report, the think tank says world oil market prices shot up to $79/barrel – a 2.34% increase. But right before the September’s 2nd pricing window ended, that number plummeted, making it the biggest one-day decline in more than two years. Gasoline and gasoil remained steady: at GH¢4.85 and GH¢4.83, respectively.
“While analysts projected Brent crude kissing the $80 mark by November, it happened even before the end of September, currently trading at $81.34 per barrel. For Global Platt’s benchmark of finished products, price of Gasoline reduced by 2.64%,” Mikdad Mohammed, a research analyst at IES said in a statement.
Alinco Oil, Frimps Oil, Pacific, Fraga Oil, Zen Petroleum, Benab Oil, Pacific, and Lucky currently sell the lowest-priced fuel.
The cedi made slight marginal gains against the dollar within the prior pricing window, said IES.
“The dollar is selling for GH¢4.89 currently as against GH¢4.95 in the last pricing window, a 1.2% difference.”
And despite oil marketing companies’ complaints of depressed margins, IES “doesn’t rule out the strong possibility of prices reducing marginally at some select fuel stations as a result of competition for markets shares among the OMCs.”
Read the full statement here:
28th September, 2018
FUEL PRICES TO REMAIN UNCHANGED
REVIEW OF SEPTEMBER 2018 SECOND PRICING-WINDOW
Local Fuel Market Performance
Prices of fuel at the pumps experienced increments of more than 4% during the Pricing-window under review;
crossing the GH¢5 threshold, as IES projected. From the first day of the window, some Oil Marketing Companies
(OMCs) adjusted prices up to GH¢5.18 and GH¢5.14 for Gasoline and Gasoil respectively. Competition among
OMCs led by GOIL drove prices down by around GHp0.6 as average prices of both Gasoline and Gasoil is
currently GH¢5.10 at the pump. IES Market-scan revealed Alinco Oil, Frimps Oil, Pacific, Fraga Oil, Zen
Petroleum, Benab Oil, Pacific, and Lucky sell the least-priced fuel relative to other OMCs.
World Oil Market Average price of Brent crude has seen an increment of about 2.34% within the window, rising from $77.54 per
barrel to $79.32 per barrel. While analysts projected Brent crude kissing the $80 mark by November, it happened
even before the end of September, currently trading at $81.34 per barrel. For Global Platt’s benchmark of finished
products, price of Gasoline reduced by 2.64%. On the contrary, Gasoil inched up slightly by 0.43%, Gasoline and
Gasoil closed trading at $731.07 per metric tonne and $689.25er metric tonne respectively. Previously, Gasoil sold
at $686.32 per metric tonne, while Gasoline traded for $747.23 per metric tonne.
Local Forex and Fuel Stock
IES economic Desk figures show the cedi made some very marginal gains against the US Dollar within the period,
after showing weakness in the previous window. The dollar is selling for GH¢4.89 currently as against GH¢4.95 in
the last pricing window, a 1.2% difference. Within the window, fuel terminals across the country received
quantities of Gasoil, ATK, LPG and Base Oil to add to the country’s stock level. The highest within the period was
a consignment of 33,500 metric tonnes of Gasoil delivered on behalf of seven (7) BDCs. In all, the country
received 42,000mt of Gasoil, 10,500mt of ATK, 4,800mt of Base Oil and 12,500mt of LPG. No Gasoline import
OUR PROJECTIONS FOR OCTOBER 2018 FIRST PRICING-WINDOW
While average price of Brent crude oil has shot up, prices of finished products have gone the reverse; Gasoline
declined beyond 2% points with less than 0.5% increase for Gasoil. Despite the cedi recording some marginal gains
against the dollar within the period, the Institute for Energy Security projects prices of fuel to remain the same at
the pumps for October 1st Pricing-window. Despite complaints of depressed margins from the OMCs, IES
however, doesn’t rule out the strong possibility of prices reducing marginally at some select fuel stations as a result
of competition for markets shares among the OMCs.
Signed: MIKDAD MOHAMMED
Research Analyst- 0244374325