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Diesel sales drop 19% in first half of August compared to previous month

NEW DELHI: Diesel sales dropped by a fifth in the first half of August compared with a month in the past, signalling prolonged regional lockdowns, sluggish financial restoration and excessive costs are blocking full revival of gas demand.

Demand for diesel slipped 19% whereas that for petrol gained 2% throughout August first half compared to the identical interval in July, in accordance to the provisional sales information of state-run oil corporations that management 90% of the market. The sales of jet gas fell 2% and of liquefied petroleum gasoline (LPG) slid 6.5%.

The sharp drop in diesel demand comes on high of the 12.5% drop witnessed in July over June. In the identical interval, petrol sales had dropped 1%.

Compared to August 2019, sales in the first fortnight of August are down 22.5% for diesel, 5.5% for petrol, 66% for jet gas and eight.5% for LPG.

Fuel sales swiftly rose in May and June after a dramatic collapse in April due to the nationwide lockdown however the restoration began faltering in July.

Diesel, which makes up 40% of the nation’s whole oil demand, is extensively used for transporting items and irrigating farms. Falling diesel sales imply decrease industrial and development exercise in the nation, an trade govt said. Petrol sales seem to have stabilised and till extra workers return to bodily workplaces, the demand is unlikely to rise a lot, the manager said. Limited air visitors has stored jet gas demand stagnant.

Demand for diesel and petrol could get better to the pre-Covid ranges by January-February topic to the revival of the economic system, Nayara Energy CEO B Anand has said.

Falling home gas demand and an oversupplied export market have prompted refiners to reduce runs. The run rate at Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest refiner, has dropped to 75% from 93% in early July and its chairman, S M Vaidya, expects run charges to keep round 70-75% for the remainder of the year.

Rosneft-backed Nayara is not sure when its 20 million tonne refinery in Gujarat would once more function at full capability as margins on most fuels are very weak, Anand said.

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