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

2020/10 01 13:10

India’s petrol gross sales rose 2 per cent in September – the primary improve 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 improve, in line with provisional knowledge from state-owned gasoline retailers who management 90 per cent of the market.


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

Diesel gross sales proceed to be within the adverse territory, with demand falling 7 per cent year-on-year. However the demand was 22 per cent increased over August 2020.

That is the primary time that petrol gross sales on the 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 gasoline within the nation, fell to four.84 million tonne from 5.2 million tonne in September 2019. Gross sales had been Three.97 million tonne throughout August this yr.


Earlier this week, Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) Director (Advertising and marketing) Arun Kumar Singh had said that petrol gross sales had been virtually 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 vehicles on the street. However in case of diesel, consumption sectors like college buses and public transport had been at a really subdued degree, he had stated.

“As we transfer alongside, petrol will come into progress zone in October/November whereas diesel might be within the charge of (minus) -Zero-Three per cent vary,” he had stated.

Trade sources stated whereas the Indian economic system has began to choose up with lockdown restrictions being lifted since June, native lockdowns by states have hampered the demand shortly selecting 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 per cent and seven.four per cent, respectively in August from a yr earlier.

Jet gasoline gross sales at 6,18,000 tonne was down 54 per cent in September however was 22.5 per cent increased than reported in August.

Cooking fuel LPG gross sales had been up 5 per cent at 2.28 million tonne year-on-year and three.5 per cent month-on-month.

Automobile gross sales rose 14 per cent in August from a yr earlier, whereas two-wheeler gross sales elevated by Three per cent.

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

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

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