Covid-19 restrictions cut fuel consumption in first quarter


Fuel consumption in the first three months of 2020 decreased by an average 7.5 per cent daily compared to the same period in 2019 due to Covid-19 crisis and the emergency decree, the Department of Energy Business director-general Nantika Thangsuphanich said. 

Petrol consumption averaged 0.8 million litres per day, slumping by 21.8 per cent. 

Gasohol use averaged 30.3 million litres per day, decreasing by 1.6 per cent while diesel use — B7, B10, and B20 — totalled 67.6 million litres per day, decreasing by 2.9 per cent. 

Jet fuel use fell 17.4 per cent to 17.7 million litres per day, after most airlines suspended their services amid the Covid-19 crisis. 

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) utilization dropped 11.7 percent to 16 million kilograms per day, and 

Natural gas for vehicles (NGV) was about 4.8 million kilograms per day, down 17 percent year-on-year, as more people use diesel B20 instead of NGV, in line with the government’s policy.