Petrol prices plunge for seventh consecutive time

Update: April, 13/2020 - 15:55


A petrol station in Hà Nội. The petrol retail prices were on the seventh consecutive cut since the beginning of this year. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — The retail prices of petrol fell by more than VNĐ600 per litre on Monday following the latest adjustment by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance.

Specifically, the price of biofuel E5 RON92 fell by VNĐ613 to VNĐ11,343 (US 48 cent) per litre, and that of RON95 petrol also plunged by VNĐ621 to VNĐ11,939 per litre.

Meanwhile, the prices of diesel 0.05S and kerosene were capped at VNĐ10,823 and VNĐ8,639 per litre, down VNĐ436 and VNĐ502, respectively. The price of mazut was also cut by VNĐ126 to VNĐ9,327 per kilo.

This is the seventh consecutive cut since the beginning of this year with a total reduction of VNĐ9,051 per litre for RON95 and VNĐ8,538 per litre for bio-fuel E5 RON92. Domestic retail petrol prices are now at their lowest in 11 years.

The two ministries also decided to use VNĐ400 per litre from the petrol price stabilisation fund for RON95, and VNĐ1,400 per litre for E5 RON92, diesel and kerosene. That for mazut is VNĐ200 per kilo.

The two ministries review fuel prices every 15 days to adjust them in accordance with fluctuations in global markets. In the past fortnight, the world petrol price has plummeted to $14-23 a barrel of petrol, $13-19 a barrel of diesel or kerosene and $50 per tonne of mazut.

In the latest adjustment, the price of biofuel E5 RON92 fell by VNĐ4,100 to VNĐ11,956 per litre at the highest, and that of RON95-III was also down by VNĐ4,252 to VNĐ12,560 per litre.

High petroleum reserves

Việt Nam’s oil and gas inventories are over 90 per cent higher than the required level, and able to meet the domestic petroleum consumption demand in the next few months, according to the Việt Nam Energy Association (VEA).

In the first months of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in domestic petroleum consumption due to limited travel and the suspension of factories and enterprises. The situation is forecast to continue for some time.

Data released by the General Statistics Office showed that Việt Nam imported 1.85 million tones of petrol and oil in the first three months of 2020, accounting for 61.67 per cent of the total domestic demand at present.

Meanwhile, the Dung Quất and Nghi Sơn refineries currently meet between 70-80 per cent of the demand.

President of the Việt Nam Energy Association Trần Viết Ngãi said domestic reserves were enough to meet demand over the next three months.

The Việt Nam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) recently asked relevant ministries to halt petrol and oil imports as domestic sales have dropped.

PetroVietnam’s proposal was raised as sales of petrol and oil products in the domestic market slumped an estimated 30 per cent in the first quarter of this year. PetroVietnam also forecast bigger reductions in the coming months. — VNS