This is an archived release.
Decline in deliveries of heavy fuel oil
The manufacturing industries and ships in ocean transport buy less and less heavy fuel oil. For September deliveries came to 31 million litres, 35.5 per cent down from September last year and 49.0 per cent less than the average monthly sales in the period 1995 to 2001.
The deliveries of heavy fuel to ship in ocean transport (bunkering) decreased by 34.7 per cent and came to 20 million litres in September. The remaining deliveries of heavy fuel oil were sold almost exclusively to the manufacturing industry, where the deliveries declined by 38.0 per cent in September. For the past 12 months the deliveries of heavy fuel oil declined by 19.8 per cent compared with the previous 12-month period. The deliveries to bunkering and to the manufacturing industry decreased by 22.5 and 14.4 per cent respectively.
The deliveries of dutiable diesel rose and for September the increase was 9.8 per cent compared with September last year. At the same time the deliveries of tax-free diesel declined by 10 per cent. For the past 12 months deliveries of dutiable diesel increased by 5.9 per cent whereas deliveries of tax-free diesel were more or less constant.
The total deliveries of petroleum products for September totalled 742 million litres, the same as in September last year. For the past 12 months deliveries declined by a 1.0 per cent compared with the previous 12-month period.
There were 21 delivery days in September 2002 against 20 in September 2001.