Ukraine in January-March 2018 increased its own production of petroleum products by 12%, in the petrol segment Ukrainian oil refineries reached a leading position in the domestic market, according to a study conducted by the A-95 Consulting Group (Kyiv). “For the first time since 2015, Ukrainian producers became leaders in the petrol market: in the first quarter of 2018 they accounted for 45.3% of the market, while in the same period of 2017 it was 42%. The largest supplier of petrol, Belarus, by the end of the quarter had 40.8% of the market, while in 2017 it had 47% of the market and in 2016 – 54%,” the press service of the A-95 group said.
In general, according to the company experts, the production of petrol by Ukrainian refineries in the first three months of the year increased 3.5%, to 195,400 tonnes.
In turn, domestic production of diesel fuel for this period increased by 23.6%, to 178,100 tonnes. Thus, the share of domestic manufacturers in the diesel fuel market increased to 14.2% in the first quarter of 2018 from 13.2% in the first quarter of 2017.
In general, in 2017, Ukrainian producers occupied 13% of the diesel fuel market, in 2016 – 11%.
The main increase in production, according to the A-95 group, was provided by the Kremenchuk oil refinery (Ukrtatnafta), increasing the output of diesel fuel by 27%, to 155,100 tonnes, petrol – by 7.7%, to 169,000 tonnes. In turn, Shebelynka gas refinery (Ukrgazvydobuvannia) increased diesel fuel production by 5.5%, to about 23,000 tonnes, but reduced petrol output by 17%, to 26,300 tonnes. “This was caused by a situational switch to the release of more liquid export positions in conditions of overstocking of the domestic market with petrol and a protracted winter with a reduced consumption of motor fuels,” the A-95 group said.
The petrol market in the first quarter of this year continued to decline: in comparison with the same period last year, the volume of deliveries decreased by 4.1%, to 431,000 tonnes. “The main reason for the decline is the switch of car owners to liquefied gas: its supplies increased by 17.3%,” the press service said.
The market of diesel fuel in January-March 2018, according to experts, increased 14.7%, to 1.252 million tonnes. The largest supplier of diesel fuel to the Ukrainian market was Russia, providing 42% of the balance sheet, the share of Belarusian producers was 33%, other suppliers – 10.5%. According to the A-95 experts, Ukrainian producers have all the opportunities for further growth in the market.