This is an archived release.
Small decrease in petroleum product sales
In the first three months of 2009, the total sales of petroleum products ended at 2.2 billion litres. This equals a decrease by 0.6 per cent or 13 million litres.
Figures for the first three months of 2009 indicate a solid decrease in sales of jet fuel. Total sales ended at 166 million litres, 20.3 per cent or 42 million litres less than for the same period last year. Figures from Avinor show that air traffic decreased by 6.1 per cent in the same period.
Sales of gasoline decreased by 7.8 per cent or 33 million litres and sales ended at 392 million litres. For the same period, sales of diesel ended at 730 million litres; an increase of 3.2 per cent or 23 million litres. In the first quarter of 2009, sales of gasoline and diesel amounted to 50.7 per cent of the total sales of petroleum products.
Deliveries of light heating oil increased in the first quarter of 2009. Sales ended at 178 million litres; an increase of 31.2 per cent. High electricity prices, a cold winter and low oil prices are considered to be contributing factors to the increased sale.
There were 21 delivery days in March, compared with 18 in March 2008.