This is an archived release.
Fewer deliveries in March
The total deliveries of petroleum products fell by 11.7 per cent in March compared with March 2001, and totalled 716 million litres. Heating products decreased the most, but the deliveries of the remaining products declined as well.
The reasons for the decline may partly be due to a mild March. In addition, the number of delivery days was less in March this year than in March last year. During the past 12 months, however, the deliveries increased.
In March the deliveries of light heating oil and heating and lighting kerosene decreased by 21.0 and 25.3 per cent respectively, whereas sale increased during the 12- month period. Also heavy fuel oil showed a fall in deliveries in March and a rise in the past 12-month period.
The deliveries of both auto diesel and motor gasoline declined in March and rose during the past 12-month period. The deliveries of motor gasoline came to 180 million litres in March, of which 155 million litres were 95-octane motor gasoline and 24 million litres were 98-octane motor gasoline. Out of the 24 million 98-octane gasoline, 7 million were "lead-substituted" motor gasoline. This is motor gasoline designed for cars that need the protection they traditionally got from lead. This sale has declined considerably during the past months, and for the past 12 months the decrease was 28.4 per cent.
There were 19 delivery days in March 2002 against 22 in March 2001.