Muscat: The Sultanate recorded a rise in the production of super grade petrol (M-95) by 24 per cent to reach 8,278,300 barrels at the end of July 2021 compared to 6,673,500 barrels compared to the same period of 2020, according to data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Sales of M-95 grade petrol reached 7,189,300 barrels at the end of July 2021 compared to 6,212,700 barrels in the same period of 2020, comprising a rise by 16 per cent while its exports reached 1,422,200 barrels compared to 370,100 barrels in the same period in 2020, constituting a surge by 284 per cent.
The output of standard grade petrol (M-91) went up by 31 per cent to reach 7,432,700 barrels at the end of July 2021 compared to 5,681,100 barrels in July 2020. The sales of M-91 grade petrol stood at 4,670,700 barrels compared to 4,518,000 barrels in the same period of 2020, comprising an increase by 3 per cent while its exports reached 3,081,000 barrels compared to 2,208,300 barrels in July 2020, comprising a rise by 40 per cent.
Gas oil (diesel) output increased by 13 per cent to 21,206,300 barrels at the end of July 2021 compared to 18,774,200 barrels at the end of July 2020. Sales of diesel declined by 2 per cent to reach 7,672,400 barrels compared to 7,838,600 barrels sold at the end of July 2020. Meanwhile, exports of diesel saw a rise by 22 per cent to stand at 13,278,700 barrels compared to 10,912,500 barrels.
Aviation fuel production went down by 28 per cent to reach 3,562,100 barrels at the end of July 2021 compared to 4,926,600 barrels in July 2020. Sales of aviation fuel also fell by 41 per cent to reach 744,700 barrels compared to 1,257,300 barrels during the same period in 2020 while its exports stood at 2,823,500 barrels compared to 3,660,800 barrels in the corresponding period of 2020, comprising a drop by 23 per cent.
Production of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) went up by 28 per cent to reach 4,227,500 barrels at the end of July 2021 compared to 3,313,200 barrels in the same period of 2020. Sales of LPG stood at 4,203,800 barrels as at the end of July 2021 compared to 1,649,700 barrels, constituting a surge by 155 per cent while its exports dropped by 81 per cent to reach 386,500 barrels compared to 2,012,200 barrels as of the end of July 2020.
As far as petrochemicals are concerned, the production of benzene saw an increase by 11 per cent to reach 124,300 Metric Tonne (MT) while its exports stood at 123,400 MT as of the end of July 2021.
The production of Paraxylene reached 329,300 MT at the end of July 2021 and its exports reached 329,900 MT.
Moreover, the production of polypropylene reached 114,400 MT. Sales of polypropylene also went up by 4 per cent to reach 21,100 MT and its exports fell by 6 per cent to stand at 79,300 MT at end of July 2021.