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Tunisia: domestic demand for petroleum products down 16%

The domestic demand for petroleum products saw a 16% drop between the first half of 2019 and the first half of 2020, to 1858 ktoe (Thousand tons of oil equivalent), according to the monthly report of the energy situation for the end of June 2020, published by the National Observatory of Energy and Mines.

This decrease is mainly due to the measures taken by the government, in particular the general lockdown from March 22, 2020 to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consumption of road fuels decreased by 12% at the end of June 2020 compared to the end of June 2019.

It represents 63% of the total consumption of petroleum products.

Total diesel consumption has decreased by 13% compared to last year’s level and petrol consumption by 12%.

LPG consumption fell by 3% between the end of June 2019 and the end of June 2020. Petroleum coke consumption fell by 27% (partially estimated data).

This product is exclusively used by cement plants that have stopped their activities since the start of containment.

An upturn in activity was observed from the last week of April 2020.

On the other hand, consumption of jet aircraft recorded a 62% drop in the first half of 2020.

It fell by 82% during the month of June 2020 due to the slowdown in the air transport sector, which is suffering the full impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Contrary to the previous months, the consumption of petroleum products recorded a slight positive evolution of 0.3% during the month of June 2020 compared to June 2019.

This was mainly due to the increase in sales of road fuels, namely petrol by 9% and diesel by 13%, and this is due to the absence of the parallel market.

The total demand for natural gas recorded a decrease of 6% between the first half of 2019 and the first half of 2020 to 2239 ktoe.

Demand for electricity production fell slightly by 0.1%, while demand for final consumption (excluding electricity production) decreased by 21%. 

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