Motorists to face misery at the pump

September 14, 2012
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Commission attributed the increase to an upward trend in the price of crude and refined petroleum products in the international market over the last three months/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – Motorists are expected to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for a litre of fuel after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) increased the price of a litre of super petrol in Nairobi by Sh2.47 to sell at 108.95, diesel by Sh3.99 to retail at Sh101.07 and kerosene to retail at Sh79.65 after going up by Sh5.68.

In a statement on Friday, the commission attributed the increase to an upward trend in the price of crude and refined petroleum products in the international market over the last three months.

The adjustments which take effect from midnight on Friday and will remain in effect until October 14.

“The average landed cost of imported Super Petrol increased by 2.76percent, from $ 997.52 per tonne in July 2012 to $1025.05 per tonne in August 2012.Over the same period the average landed cost of imported Diesel increased by 6.90 percent from $ 933.35 per tonne to $997.78, while the average cost of imported kerosene increased by 10.19 percent from $928.33per tonne in July 2012 to 1022.89 in August 2012,” explained ERC Director general Kaburu Mwirichia.

However prices remain cheapest in Mombasa where a litre of super petrol will retail at Sh105.70, diesel will retail at Sh97.84 with kerosene selling at Sh76.87

On the other hand, Mandera residents will buy the commodity at the highest prices with a litre of super petrol going for Sh121.47, diesel Sh113.59 and kerosene at Sh92.17.

Nakuru residents will buy a litre of super of petrol at Sh109.56, diesel at Sh101.89 and kerosene at Sh80.42.

In Kisumu super petrol will retail at Sh110.73, diesel at Sh103.06 and kerosene at Sh81.44.

In the last months’ review super petrol in Nairobi dropped by Sh1.98 and has been retailing at Sh106.48 for the last 30 days. Diesel prices in Nairobi went down by Sh0.41 while kerosene also went down by 41 cents.

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