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Fuel prices to go up marginally – IES

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 Source: Class FM

The Institute of Energy Security (IES) has projected that prices of fuel on the local market will move up marginally in the second half of the month of June 2020.

However, the possible upward price adjustments may not be close to the increases experienced over the last two weeks.

The projection comes after Brent crude price moved above the $35 per barrel mark within the past pricing-window. Over the period, Brent Oil hit $42.3 a barrel for the first time since 10 march. This positive gain can be attributed to the easing of restrictions in economic activities around the world, as well as reaction to OPEC+ agreed extension to historic production cuts of 9.6mbpd for additional month (till the end of July).

Following this, Brent crude appreciated by 16.19% from $33.72 per barrel recorded at the end of the first Pricing-window of June to close $39.18 per barrel on average terms.

IES projected the slight increase of fuel on the local market due to Brent Crude appreciating by 16.19%.

IES, however, believes the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) may hesitate to increase prices at the pump owing to competition for market share.

Source: Class FM

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