Reprieve for Kenyans as fuel prices drop

The hard times that Kenyans have been witnessing in the past few months is set to ease following the recent drop in energy prices.

The Regulator, Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) during the monthly review of energy prices announced a drop in fuel prices that will be in place for next month.

Despite the several measures that have been put in place by the government to cushion Kenyans from the effects of the pandemic majority have continued to grapple with higher energy prices.

This move is expected signal a possible drop in the inflation rate that has been rising in recent months.

When fuel prices are lower, the cost of production and transport often drops, though, for years, the lower cost is rarely reflected to the consumer. It is always ironic that when the fuel prices rise, the consumer feels the pain and when they drop, he gets no benefits.

EPRA announced that petrol prices declined by 1.3 percent to 105.9 shillings per liter from 107.3 shillings per liter previously.

 Diesel prices declined by 2.4 percent to 90.7 shillings per liter from 92.9 shillings per liter.

Kerosene prices also declined by 2.5 percent to 81.6 shillings per liter from 83.7 shillings per liter.

According to EPRA, there was a decline in the average landed cost of imported super petrol by 4.5 percent to USD 316.6 per cubic meter in October from USD 331.7 per cubic meter in September 2020 2020.

The average landed costs for diesel decreased by 7.4 percent to USD 288.0 per cubic meter from USD 312.0 per cubic meter in September 2020.

The Landed costs for kerosene also decreased by 7.4 percent to USD 261.2 per cubic meter from USD 282.1 Per cubic meter in September 2020. At the same time, there was a 5.2 percent decrease in the Free on Board (FOB) price of Murban crude oil lifted in October 2020 to USD 40.2 per barrel, from USD 42.4 per barrel in September 2020.

The Kenyan shilling depreciation by 0.5 percent against the dollar to close at 109.1 shillings in October 2020, from 108.6 shillings in September 2020.

“We expect a slight decline, not only in the transport and fuel index, which carries a weighting of 8.7 percent in the total consumer price index (CPI) but also on the prices of other commodities such as food prices because of a trickle-down effect due to the lower cost of transport,” said Cytonn Investments.

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