Story: News Desk
Prices of petroleum products have shot up at the pumps this Monday, April 17, 2023.
This is the first increase since the introduction of the much-touted ‘Gold for Oil’ policy.
Leading Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), GOIL, Total and Shell have all increased prices of petrol and diesel.
GOIL is selling petrol at ¢13.10 per litre and diesel at ¢12.99 per litre.
Shell is also selling a litre of petrol at ¢13.10 per litre, whilst diesel is going for ¢12.99.
Total is however selling both petrol and diesel at ¢13.20 per litre respectively, whilst Star Oil is selling both petrol and diesel at ¢12.69 per litre respectively.
Other OMCs are expected to follow suit by adjusting upwards prices of petroleum products at the pumps.
The upward adjustment in prices shows that petrol has gone up by a little above 5.5%, and diesel by about 1.16%.
The current increase in the prices of petroleum products is influenced by some significant increases in the price of crude oil and finished petroleum products on the world market.
Some energy think tanks had earlier projected that the price of petrol was expected to go up, whilst diesel and Liquefied Petroleum Gas will decline.
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) predicted a 2.01% increase in the price of petrol at the retail pumps from April 16, 2023.
According to COPEC, its forecast is based on the increase in international benchmark pricing from $772.75 per metric tonne to $900.20 per metric tonne, indicating a 16.49% rise. By this, the retail price of petrol works up to ¢12.41 per litre.
The Institute for Energy Security (IES) also projected that domestic fuel prices were likely to see some increment at the pumps for petrol and a marginal decrease for diesel and LPG.
“On account of international market performance observed and the domestic performance of the Ghana cedi, the IES projects prices of domestic gasoil [diesel] and LPG to decrease between 5% – 9% and domestic gasoline [petrol] is forecasted to post the biggest increase of roughly 8%, in the coming weeks”.