by Department Of Energy

Fuel price increase 3 July

The cost of petrol is on the rise again

Petrol prices are going up on 3 July 2013
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According to recent reports, the next fuel price adjustments will be effected tomorrow, which will see many  petrol stations in South Africa bumper to bumper with cars wishing to fill up as soon as possible.

The Department of Energy stated that the reasons for the fuel prices increases are:

Crude oil prices

During the current fuel price review period (31 May 2013 to 27 June 2013), the Brent crude oil prices increased on average by 1.0 USD/barrel, therefore the impact of the crude oil price on the Basic Fuel Price (BFP) was minimal.

International product prices

The international price of refined petroleum products increased on average compared to the previous price review period. The international product pricesincreased by 27.0 c/l and 17 c/l on petrol and diesel respectively. The high product prices could be attributed, but not limited, to the following;

High demand of products in Europe due to the shortages caused by the refinery maintenance programs and disruptions in deliveries as a result of floodwaters; and

Strong demand for diesel and petrol in Turkey and North Africa, respectively, as a result of inventory stocks build-up.

The Rand / Dollar exchange rate

During the period under review (31 May 2013 to 27 June 2013), the Rand weakened sharply against the USD and contributed to an increase in the BFP by at least 57.0 cents per litre. The weaker Rand is mainly attributed to the slowdown in the economic growth in emerging markets and the expected slump in the demand of commodities. The Rand’s vulnerability was also due to negative sentiments emanating from concerns over anticipated labour disputes and market expectations of industrial actions.

Adjustment to the Slate Levy on petrol and diesel In line with the Self-Adjusting Slate Levy Mechanism, the Slate Levy on petrol and diesel will increase from 4.38 c/l to 6.58 c/l and will be implemented into the price structures of petrol and diesel with effect from 03 July 2013.

Anticipated fuel price increases

Based on the average unit over- and under- recovery and the implementation of a Slate Levy adjustment of 2.2 c/l on petrol and diesel, the following fuel price changes will be implemented on 03 July 2013, namely:

Petrol (95 ULP and LRP): 84.0 c/l, increase;

Petrol (93 ULP and LRP): 84.0 c/l, increase;

Diesel (0.05% Sulphur): 78.20 c/l, increase;

 Diesel (0.005% Sulphur): 78.20 c/l, increase;

IP wholesale: 75.0 c/l, increase;

SMNRP for IP: 100.0 c/l, increase; and

Maximum Retail Price for LPGas: 129.0 c/kg, increase


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