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Business News of Monday, 16 August 2021

Source: classfmonline.com

Fuel prices to reduce in second half of August – IES

The adjustment may be offset by the adjustments from the local shareholder Goil, Total and shell The adjustment may be offset by the adjustments from the local shareholder Goil, Total and shell

The Institute for Energy Security (IES) is projecting that price of fuel on the domestic market at the various pumps will dip in the second Pricing-Window of August 2021.

According to the IES, the downward adjustment may be offset by the adjustments from the largest local market shareholder, GOIL, TOTAL, and Shell.

Also, the IES noted that the various change in prices of the commodities on the international market is expected to affect local market prices in Ghana.

For this window, with the 1.49 per cent reduction in the price of the
International Benchmark- Brent crude, the 2.17 per cent decrease in the price of Gasoline, the 1.77 per cent decrease in Gasoil price, and the marginal depreciation of 0.17 per cent of the local currency against the U.S. Dollar.

"Monitored on a 15-day rolling basis, the price of fuel on the local Ghanaian market remained stable within the window under assessment," IES said.

The price of petroleum products within the first Pricing window of August 2021 saw the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) continue to maintain prices at the pump from the first pricing window of July. The current national average price of fuel per litre at the pump remains pegged at GHS5.97 for both Gasoline and Gasoil on account of the relative price stability.

This Pricing-window also saw Zen Petroleum, Benab Oil, Cash Oil, Goodness Oil, Top Oil, and Frimps Oil recorded as the OMCs that sold the least-priced fuel on the local market, according to the IES Market-Scan.

On the world market, the international benchmark for Ghana, Brent crude, saw its price on average terms selling at about $72.10 per barrel mark representing a 1.49 per cent decrease from the previous window's average price of $73.19 per barrel mark.

Data analyzed by the IES Economic Desk from the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market showed that the Cedi marginally depreciated against the U.S. Dollar by 0.17 per cent to close trading in the window at Gh¢5.867 to the U.S. Dollar from the previous window's Gh¢5.86 to the U.S. Dollar.