Pakistan’s economy is in critical situation since Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government took charge of the country. As a result of economy slows down, Petroleum oil sales dropped 17% to 10.68 million tons in seven months ended July 2019 due to deceleration in economic activities and shift to imported gas – re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG).
Sales of oil marketing companies stood at 12.89 million tons in the same period of previous year, according to data compiled and reported by Shajar Capital. Sale of furnace oil plunged 42% to 1.86 million tons in Jan-Jul 2019 compared to 3.23 million tons in the corresponding period of previous year. It was followed by high-speed diesel, whose sales decreased 17% to 4.05 million tons compared to 4.89 million tons in the previous year.
Growth in sale of petrol also slowed down significantly. It improved just 3% to 4.34 million tons compared to 4.23 million tons last year, the brokerage house said.Accordingly, the sale of furnace oil, which remained a major fuel for power production in the past three decades, suffered a massive drop during the period under review, he said.
Industrial and agriculture sectors also use petroleum oil products. The dismal performance of the two sectors may have impacted oil sales as well. A drop in sales of cars and hike in petrol prices caused the slowdown in petrol sales, he said.
In terms of individual companies, Pakistan State Oil (PSO), in the first month of FY20, posted a 17% increase in its total sales volume on a month-on-month basis, which was recorded at 751,000 tons. Attock Petroleum Limited’s (APL) sales remained flat at 153,064 tons in July due to drop in sales of petrol and diesel, but furnace oil sales improved.
Hascol registered 2% fall in its total sales volume in July 2019, which was largely contributed by a dip in the company’s petrol and furnace oil sales.
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14 September, 2019