UAE cuts fuel prices for fourth straight month

 

UAE cuts fuel prices for fourth straight month
UAE fuel prices have been aligned with the international crude prices.

Dubai - February reduction in line with decline in global crude prices

By Waheed Abbas

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Published: Wed 30 Jan 2019, 5:31 PM

Last updated: Wed 30 Jan 2019, 7:37 PM

The UAE Fuel Price Committee on Wednesday reduced fuel retail prices for February, the fourth consecutive month of cuts.
The committee reduced Super 98 and Super 95 prices by five fils per litre. From February 1, 2019, Super 98 will cost Dh1.95 while Super 95 will be at Dh1.84. Diesel has been reduced from Dh2.30 to Dh2.28.
The UAE's Ministry of Energy removed subsidies and deregulated fuel prices in the country from August 1, 2015. Since then, the price has been aligned with the international crude prices.
The February fuel price reduction is in line with the decline in oil prices amidst a slower global economy resulting in lower demand for crude. Brent has fallen 27.6 per cent from $85 per barrel in October 2018 to $61.50 on January 30. However, it has been on the upward curve since the start of the year after Opec decided to cut output in December. Brent has risen over 14 per cent year-to-date from $53.8 on January 3, 2019 to $61.5 on January 30.
Edward Bell, commodity analyst at Emirates NBD, said Opec's production cuts are the primary factor that will contribute to tighter crude markets this year.
"The cuts took effect at the start of January but market estimates on how much producers have actually cut won't be available until the end of the month. Opec producers are meant to cut a total of 812,000 barrels a day, the bulk of which will be accounted for by Saudi Arabia," Bell said.
- waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com


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