The Sultanate of Oman recorded a fall in the production of standard grade petrol (M-91) by Omani refineries at the end of March 2020 by 26%, with the output falling to 1.04 billion barrels compared to 1.39 billion barrels produced in 2019.
The output of super grade petrol (M-95) reached 3.15 billion barrels till the end of March 2020, according to data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Gas oil (diesel) output rose 14% to 7.52 billion barrels, while aviation fuel production fell 10% to 3.31 billion barrels at the end of March 2020 over the same period of 2019. Production of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fell by 1% to 1.87 billion barrels during the period under review.
Of the total production of M-91 grade petrol (which is the cheapest petrol available in the market), 2.24 billion barrels were sold in the domestic market.
However, domestic sales of M-95 grade petrol reached and gas oil (diesel) within the country was at 3.03 and 3.45 billion barrels, respectively, during the first three month of 2020. Domestic sales of aviation fuel oil fell 8% and sales of LPG rose 20% in March 2020.
As far as petrochemicals are concerned, production of polypropylene by (OQ) by end of March 2020 was 67.6 tons, while output of paraxylene and benzene was 149.8 tons and 46.7 tons, respectively.
Further, Omani refineries exported 43.8 tons of benzene in the first three months of 2020, while exports of paraxylene and polypropylene stood at 148.8 tons and 47.4 tons, respectively