Data shows that fuel prices at Moscow gas stations have continued to increase for the 15th consecutive week: during the week from March 29 to April 5, various types of gasoline rose by 11-16 Kobe, and diesel rose by 15 Kobe. Representative of the Moscow Fuel Association.
Last week, the price of diesel increased by 17 kopecks, and the price of gasoline increased by 14-15 kopecks “Interfax”.
As of March 29, the average price of Ai-92 in Moscow reached 45.18 rubles per liter, Ai-95-49.79 rubles per liter, and diesel-49.33 rubles per liter.
Last week, gasoline prices at Tatneft gas stations increased-7-15 Kobe, TNK-Stolitsa-30 Kobe, RN-Moscow-31 Kobe, and BP-26-30 Kobe (all three are managed by Rosneft). Shell brand operators have increased gasoline costs by 3-5 Kobe. EKA brand independent chain stores-10 to 20 kopecks.
Diesel prices at Tatneft gas stations increased by 14 kopecks this week, Shell at gas stations operated by Rosneft increased by 30-31 kopecks, ESA increased by 16 kopecks, and ESA increased by 30 kopecks.
Since the beginning of December last year, the cost of petroleum products at gas stations in the capital has continued to rise. As of April 5, 2021, compared with December 7, 2020, the price of AI-92 has increased by 1.64 rubles per liter, the price of AI-95 has increased by 1.74 rubles per liter, and the price of diesel has increased by 1.42 rubles per liter.
The Ministry of Energy stated that fuel supply in the spring will not be interrupted and there will be no seasonal growth in domestic market demand. Production has gradually increased, and the current level has remained above 2019. Cumulative reserves are about 1.7 million tons. In addition, the department’s news service reported that starting from the spring, repairs at some oil refineries (refineries) have been postponed.
But gas station prices have not yet responded to these measures and the oversupply in the domestic market. According to experts, the main pressure on fuel prices is not caused by the shortage of gasoline on the domestic market, but by the rise in oil prices and the simultaneous weakening of the ruble and the increase in the tax burden on oil. The damping mechanism formula has changed since the beginning of the year.
The adjusted damping mechanism will start working in May this year. However, as the Department of Energy has repeatedly emphasized, the dampers work in both directions, so based on oil quotes, gasoline retail prices are unlikely to rise. “Russian newspaper”.
Alexander Frolov, deputy director of the National Energy Institute, said: “The price of gasoline (and diesel fuel) on the wholesale market may fall from April to May.” But they will not be subject to dollar-denominated prices. The oil quotation will be affected by the tax system. Here, the optimism is inspired by the reality of the decision to bring the initially inflated conditional price in the damping mechanism into the market. Therefore, Frolov said, retail prices can be expected to stabilize.