This is an archived release.
Continued rise in sale of light heating oils
The deliveries of light heating oils totalled 90 million litres in November, a 45.3 per cent increase compared with November 2001. A cold November and high electricity prices have contributed to the increase.
The price of electricity has been higher than the price of light heating oils, measured in NOK/ kWh, in November. Consumers with the possibility to change between electricity and heating oils, might therefore have switched to light heating oils. This concerns both industries and households. For the manufacturing industry the deliveries of light heating oils increased by as much as 77.4 per cent, and for buildings 23.9 per cent in November.
The deliveries of heavy fuel oil decreased by 15.3 per cent in November. Deliveries to ships in ocean transport contributed the most to this decrease. Marine gas oil to ships in ocean transport also had a considerable decrease in sales this month. In total, deliveries to ocean transport declined by 26.8 per cent in November. Deliveries of other petroleum products showed relatively small changes.
The total deliveries of petroleum products totalled 816 million litres in November, a 2.0 decrease compared with November last year. The deliveries for the past 12 months declined by 2.0 per cent compared with the previous 12-month period.
There were 21 delivery days in November 2002 against 22 in November 2001.