Fuel prices rebound to above K2,000 per litre in domestic market

The prices of fuel oil (diesel and Octane 92) rose again to above K2,000 per litre in the domestic fuel oil market.


The prices increased to K2,050 per litre for Octane 92, K2,165 per litre for Octane 95, K2,080 for diesel and K2,160 for premium diesel on 13 July.


The domestic fuel prices are set depending on the price index set by Mean of Platts Singapore (MOPS), the pricing basis for many refined products in southeast Asia, according to the Supervisory Committee on Oil Import, Storage and Distri­bution of Fuel Oil.


Last August 2022, the oil prices surged to K2,605 per litre for Octane 92, K2,670 for Octane 95, K3,330 for premium diesel and K3,245 for diesel.


The committee is therefore governing the fuel oil storage and distribution sector effec­tively not to have a shortage of oil in the domestic market and to ensure price stability for energy consumers.


The Petroleum Products Supervision and Inspection De­partment, under the guidance of the committee, is issuing the daily reference rate for oil to offer a reasonable price to en­ergy consumers. The reference rate in Yangon Region is set on the MOPS’s price assessment, shipping cost, premium insur­ance, tax, other general cost and health profit per cent.


The rates for regions and states other than Yangon are evaluated after adding the transportation cost and the retail reference rates daily covered on the state-run news­papers and are posted on the media and official website and Facebook page of the depart­ment daily starting from 4 May.


The committee is inspect­ing the fuel stations whether they are overcharging or not. The authorities are taking ac­tion against those retailers of fuel stations under the Petro­leum and Petroleum Products Law 2017 if they are found over­charging rather than the set reference rate.


As per the statement, 90 per cent of fuel oil in Myanmar is imported, while the remain­ing 10 per cent is produced lo­cally. The domestic fuel price is highly correlated with inter­national prices. The State is steering the market to mitigate the loss between the importers, sellers and energy consumers. Consequently, the government is trying to distribute the oil at a reasonable price compared to those of regional countries.


Some countries levied higher tax rates and hiked oil prices compared to that of Myanmar.


However, Malaysia’s oil sector receives government subsidies and the prices are about 60 per cent cheaper than that of Myanmar. Every country lays down different patterns of policy to fix the oil prices. My­anmar also levies only a lower tax rate on fuel oil and strives for energy consumers to buy the oil at a cheaper rate. – NN/ EM