China's top oil refiners are considering a price
hike of refined oil due to higher international oil prices, and the price of
refined oil in China may rise in October this year, insiders said, the China
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, one of China's leading oil
refiners, has submitted the price adjustment plans to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) for
approval, an insider from the oil producer said.
The producers suggested the NDRC should raise the gasoline price by more than
220 yuan per ton and diesel prices by roughly 150 yuan per ton.
Another insider said that the State Council, the cabinet, has authorized the
Ministry of Finance to impose a fuel tax, the launch of which had as its aim
bringing China's fuel price more in line with international market, so a fuel
price hike will be inevitable in October.
Xiaoping, chief executive officer of China5e.com, a specialized energy
website, said that China's economic development is closely and inseparably
related to crude oil prices, and if the global oil price continues to skyrocket,
the NDRC will undoubtedly regulate the price.
The NDRC will issue a notice about the price hike this month at the soonest,
according to an unnamed official with the NDRC's pricing department.
But the NDRC will be more scrupulous about ordering the price hike because
the nation's economy is tending towards overheating, making the price hike more
sensitive, according to Shan Weiguo, a researcher with CNPC Research Institute
of Economics and Technology.
The soaring global price of oil is putting pressure on China's consumption
A source with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) said that the refiner would suffer more than US$10 in
losses for refining a barrel of imported crude oil.
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