Muscat: The Sultanate’s refineries recorded an increase in the production of automobile fuel during January 2021 by 10.3 percent, compared to December 2020, according to data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
The output of super grade petrol (M-95) reached 1,316,900 barrels until the end of January 2021, a rise by 2 percent.
Of the total production, domestic sales of petrol (M-95) stood at 1,174,300 barrels, an increase by 14 percent, while its exports stood at 119,000 barrels, comprising a rise by 121 percent, compared to the end of January 2020.
The production of standard grade petrol (M-91) by Omani refineries stood at 896,900 barrels comprising a decline by 14 percent till the end of January 2021, compared to the same period in 2020. Domestic sales of petrol (M-91) stood at 687,100 barrels and its exports reached 351,000 barrels, a decline by 16 percent, compared to January 2020.
Gas oil (diesel) output increased by 41 percent to 3,303,100 barrels. Domestic sales of diesel stood at 1,054,800, a drop by 6 percent and its exports reached 1,974,500, an increase by 43 percent, compared to January 2020.
Aviation fuel oil production fell by 68 percent to 434.600 barrels at the end of January 2021, compared to the same period of 2020, while its domestic sales declined by 72% to 127.400 barrels. Exports of aviation fuel dropped by 63 percent to 357,300 barrels.
Production of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dropped by 20 percent to 499,200 barrels until the end of January 2021, while its domestic sales increased by 58 percent to 409,300 barrels. Of the total production, exports of LPG reached 131,900 barrels, a decline by 66 percent.
As far as petrochemicals are concerned, benzene production increased by 11 percent, compared to January 2020 to reach 18,100 metric tonnes, where its exports stood at 20,400 metric tons, comprising a rise by 30 percent.
Output of paraxylene stood at 46,600 metric tonnes, where its exports reached 50,900 metric tonnes.
Production of polypropylene stood at 10,500 metric tonnes, comprising a decline by 50 percent, as its domestic sales also dropped by 35 percent to stand at 2,100 metric tonnes. Its exports reached 7,800 metric tonnes, a decline by 48 percent.