KARACHI: The domestic oil sales have surged by 18 per cent to 9.6 million tons during first five months (July – November) of fiscal year 2021-2022 – 5MFY22 as compared with 8.16 million tons in the corresponding months of the last fiscal year.
Analysts at Arif Habib Limited said that double digit growth was witnessed in all categories; motor spirit, high speed diesel and furnace oil with off take undergoing a jump to 3.81 million tons, 3.74 million tons and 1.78 million tons (amid higher requirement from furnace oil based power plants), up by 11 per cent, 20 per cent and 29 per cent year on year (YoY) against 3.44 million tons, 3.12 million tons and 1.38 million tons in the same period of the last fiscal year, respectively.
Total petroleum and lubricant sales clocked-in at 1.75 million tons in November 2021, depicting an increase of 2 per cent YoY while down 12 per cent Month on Month (MoM) on account of significant decline in furnace oil volumes which clocked in at 0.18 million tons, down by 46 per cent MoM compared to 0.33 million tons in October 2021.
The decline in sales volumes has been attributed to power requirement in winter season which is usually lower compared to summer resulting in slowdown in dispatches and increase in prices of motor spirit (petrol) and high speed diesel.
On yearly basis, sales volumes witnessed a meager growth of two per cent YoY which was mainly led by sales growth in furnace oil and high speed diesel by three per cent and one per cent YoY, respectively.