|2020-04-30 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
李峻 编译自 石化新闻
State of emergency sends Japan's Apr motor fuels demand to lowest in at least 31 years
Japan's state of emergency measures sent the country's motor fuels demand in April to the lowest level for the month in at least 31 years as the steps worsened an already weak demand for gasoline and gasoil because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The state of emergency, which was first declared April 7 for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka, and expanded April 16 to nationwide until May 6, has accelerated the drop in domestic demand for the motor fuels in recent weeks.
Japan's gasoline demand is estimated at 3.18 million kl, or 666,719 b/d, in April, down 22% from a year earlier, with gasoil demand estimated down 10% on the year to 2.49 million kl or 520,053 b/d, the country's largest refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy said Tuesday.
JXTG attributed the drop in motor fuels demand to the state of emergency, which had slashed gasoline and gasoil consumption as drivers were asked to refrain from going out.
The April gasoline and gasoil demand would be the lowest for that month since at least 1989, when domestic gasoline sales stood at 3.29 million kl and gasoil sales were 2.71 million kl in April that year, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry data immediately available.