NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – Starting mid-night, motorists will pay less for super petrol and diesel but more for kerosene after the energy watchdog revised prices of the precious commodities.
The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority decreased the price of super petrol by Sh9.54, allowing it to retail at Sh83.33 per liter for the next one month.
Diesel users are the biggest beneficiaries after the Authority slashed the commodity’s price by Sh19.19 per liter, to retail at Sh78.37.
Kerosene users will however have to add an extra Sh2.49 on a liter to buy at Sh79.69.
EPRA says the new changes are a consequence of the average landed cost of imported Super Petrol, which decreased by 38.94 percent from US309.03 per cubic meter in March to US188.07 per cubic meter in April.
During the period, the mean monthly US Dollar to Kenya shilling exchange rate depreciated by 2.67 percent from Sh104.05 per US dollar in March 2020 to Sh106.83 perce US dollar in April 2020.
Globally, oil markets have been in turmoil as the coronavirus strangles demand due to business closures and travel restrictions, with US crude at one point falling into negative territory for the first time.
Since the end of March, oil has been hit further by a collapse in demand due to the economic impact of the virus, when sellers had to pay buyers to take oil off their hands.