Consumers of petrol in South Africa will start paying more for the product, as the price of petrol is set to increase by 18 cents a litre from tomorrow (Wednesday), the country’s department of mineral resources and energy has said.

Justifying the increases, the department blamed the higher oil prices during the period under review when compared to the previous one.

According to a statement issued by the department on Sunday, a litre of 95 (ULP and LRP) will rise by 18 cents a litre while that of 93 (ULP and LRP) will decrease by 4 cents a litre. Both grades of diesel (0.05% Sulphur) and diesel (0.005% Sulphur) will increase by 25 cents a litre.

The price adjustments will see a litre of 95 in Gauteng, which currently costs R16.03 a litre, go up to R16.21, the statement said. It started furthermore that the price of illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will increase by 25 cents per litre, while that of illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) will go up by 33 cents a litre.

While blaming the rising oil prices, the South Africa department of mineral resources and energy said the oil prices rose sharply after drones attacked two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia namely, Abqaiq facility, which is the largest crude oil stabilisation plant in the world, and the Khurais oil field, which is the second-largest oil field in Saudi Arabia, operated by Saudi Aramco on the 14th of September 2019.

“The closure of these operations had an impact on nearly five million barrels of crude processing per day, affecting 5% of the world’s daily oil production,” said the department. On Friday, The Automobile Association (AA) predicted that the petrol price would climb in October in the wake of the mid-September drone attacks on the Abqaiq oil refinery.

The AA said although oil prices ticked up in the first two weeks of September, the impact of the attacks caused a further sharp price spike. The association said the Rand performed fairly strongly against the US dollar during much of September, helping to offset some of the impact of increased oil prices, SA News said in a report yesterday, noting that in September, the price of both grades of petrol increased by 11 cents.

Chibisi Ohakah

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