The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) is predicting a marginal decrease in petrol and diesel prices at the pump effective Wednesday 1 March 2023.
COPEC is attributing the possible reduction to the drop in crude price from US$82.99/barrel to US$82.48/barrel on the international market.
Per COPEC’s projection, Petrol will drop by 3.73% from the current price of GHC14.20 per litre in the next window.
Diesel on the other hand will drop by 4.04% from the current price of GHC14.57 per litre at the pump.
Below is the full projection by COPEC:
FUEL PRICES SET TO DECLINE-FIRST WINDOW MARCH
Following from the following basic assumptions, that; prices of both petrol and diesel have all declined marginally within the period whiles Crude price has also minimally dropped from $82.99/barrel to $82.48/barrel (-0.61%).
Though the Dollar exchange rate has seen a slight increase from averages of GHS12.4697 to GHS12.8650 (3.17%) per $1, further considering the CBOD rate of about $1=GHS14.00, the following shall form the predicted retail figures for Petroleum products from computations by the technical and pricing team, for the 1st pricing window of March under the price deregulation programme of the National Petroleum Authority, Which window commences on Wednesday, 1 March 2023. All understated Predictions are factored to be within (+/-)5%.
With the international price decreasing from $878.41/MT to $849.25/MT (-3.32%), the retail price works up to GHS13.66/L
Petrol Retail prices are therefore expected to drop by 3.73% from the current Mean value of GHS14.20/L
With the International price decreasing from $854.00/MT to $809.38/MT (-5.22%), and the increase in the Dollar rate, the expected mean retail price for the next window shall be GHS13.98/L
Thus, Diesel prices are therefore expected to drop by 4.04% from the current Mean value of GHS14.57/L
Mean Price of Petrol and Diesel
The Mean price of Petrol and Diesel shall be 13.82/L.
With the international price increasing from $699.45/MT to $702.50/MT (4.94%) the projected retail price of LPG is expected to increase by about 4.36% from the current average of 13.86/kg to GHS14.46/kg.
These expected drops in prices for the second time running since the second pricing window of February 2023 does not have any correlation with the much touted Gold for Oil programme as these movements are simply a derivative of market forces at play within the period, we still await the reductions the two cargoes brought in this month will add to the relieving the suffering of the petroleum consumer
Advice on LPG consumption.
The current high retail prices of LPG has contributed to consumption generally dropping by 12% year on year in 2022,
It will be prudent If authorities did take a second look at the factors contributing to high prices of a commodity which Ghana has in enormous commercial quantities to ensure price stability or decline if the government’s 50% penetration target is to be ever achieved and to continuously promote its usage with the overall environmental promotion in mind.
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